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NCEA literacy and numeracy credits explained

Literacy and numeracy credits are essential for NCEA success. Students must acquire a set number of NCEA literacy and numeracy credits in order to pass their Level 1 certificate and later gain University Entrance. 

Students are required to meet literacy and numeracy credits to pass their NCEAWhat are literacy and numeracy credits? 

Literacy credits reflect a student's writing, speaking and listening skills while numeracy credits reflect their number, measurement and statistical aptitude.

How do students get these credits?

Literacy and numeracy credits can be attained from a range of different subjects not just English and Mathematics. Students can accumulate these credits through Biology, History and many other subjects. It's best they consult with the dean or head of academics at their school to ensure they will meet the requirements below. 

The base requirement  

The base requirement for a student to pass Level 1 is to acquire a minimum of 10 literacy and 10 numeracy credits. Students are required to accumulate a minimum of 80 credits for their Level 1 certificate (their literacy and numeracy credits can contribute to this total number). 

Credits for University Entrance

If a student wants to gain University Entrance (UE) they must have the above mentioned literacy and numeracy credit requirements. To achieve UE, students must also acquire an additional 10 literacy credits at Level 2 or above - five in reading and five in writing - in addition to the 10 literacy and 10 numeracy credits they should have gained in Level 1. This is only one of the many requirements students need to meet if they would like to gain UE (see here for more). 


For more useful information about NCEA download this eBook - Getting to grips with NCEA.

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