The long wait for NCEA exam results came to end for thousands
of students today despite a flood of traffic bringing the
website to a near-standstill.
NZQA said more than 143,000 exam-sitting students and some
20,000 internally assessed students would be able to access
their results online from 8am.
But high demand brought the site to a near-standstill for
many users this morning, with NZQA saying its servers were at
An NZQA spokeswoman said the site was tested extensively
before the results were released, and maximum resources had
been dedicated to ensuring their accessibility.
"Even with this amount of preparation some users are facing
delays being able to log in to access results. We are
actively managing the system to maximise performance."
The issue followed a testing glitch yesterday which meant
some students were able to access their results a day early -
only to have access revoked five minutes later.
Frustrated students took to Twitter today to complain about
the website issues, with one saying they had "literally been
trying for hours" to log on.
Another said: "A bit slow would be an understatement."
There was both elation and disappointment for those who did
manage to log on.
Many students wanted to know how to get their exam results
reconsidered, with one saying she was "one away from a
NZQA said students have until February 18 to apply for
reviews and reconsideration, or for standards to be
re-checked or re-marked.
New Zealand is the only country in the world to return marked
exam papers to students, which would take place later this
After the papers have been returned, scholarship students
would be able to view their results online from mid-February.
Students can also request paper copies of their result
summaries and achievement records from today.
An NZQA spokeswoman said national student achievement
statistics would not be published until March.
Statistics released last year show achievement rates were
generally on the rise in the five years to 2011.
The achievement rate at NCEA Level 1 increased from 73 per
cent in 2007 to 77 per cent in 2011. The Level 2 achievement
rate increased from 77 per cent to 82 per cent, and the Level
3 rate increased from 72 per cent to 75 per cent.
The achievement rate for University Entrance, which has
different criteria to Level 3, remained roughly the same, at
67 per cent in 2011 compared with 68 per cent in 2007.
Girls did better overall, with 80 per cent achieving NCEA
Level 3 in 2011 compared with 71 per cent of boys.
New Zealand European students had the highest achievement
rate, at 81 per cent, followed by Asian students at 78 per
cent, Maori students at 65 per cent and Pasifika students at
55 per cent.
Higher decile schools performed better than lower decile