School pupils put a lot of energy into NCEA exams

St Hilda's Collegiate School year 11 pupils prepare to start their NCEA level 1 maths exam...
St Hilda's Collegiate School year 11 pupils prepare to start their NCEA level 1 maths exam yesterday morning. Photo by Craig Baxter.
"My hand aches and my eyes are really sore. And now I have to go home and study for my English exam."

That was the assessment made by Otago Boys' High School year 12 pupil Jonathan Wallis of his first national certificate of educational achievement examination for 2010.

He was among nearly 144,000 year 11-13 pupils who have spent weeks studying in preparation for the 2010 NCEA examination season, which began yesterday.

The examinations are held alongside the scholarship exams, which began last Thursday.

The exam period consists of 116 NCEA and scholarship exam sessions, with another 22 non-exam based external assessments (including portfolio and language assessments).

Otago Boys' High School year 12 pupils (from left) Nick Marr-McElroy (17), Josh Mulligan (17),...
Otago Boys' High School year 12 pupils (from left) Nick Marr-McElroy (17), Josh Mulligan (17), Henri Faulkner (17), Adam Dale (17) and Sam Doran (16) emerge from their first NCEA exam, level 2 accounting, held yesterday afternoon. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
This year's largest exam session will be tomorrow's NCEA level 1 English with nearly 48,000 candidates, and the smallest will be scholarship Latin with 26 candidates on Thursday.

A team of more than 2000 markers from around the country will grade all papers by the end of the year, with NCEA results scheduled to go online in the first half of January. Scholarship results are due to be delivered by mid-February.

For St Hilda's Collegiate School in Dunedin, the exam season was a unique experience for many senior pupils, principal Melissa Bell said.

"We've had building works here for the last two years, which meant exams had to be held off-site at the College of Education and the Commerce Building at the university.

"The exams were held in small rooms. So this will be a unique experience for the girls because it's the first time they've sat an exam in the school hall in a large group."

About 80 St Hilda's Collegiate year 11 pupils sat NCEA level 1 maths in the school's hall yesterday morning.

The exam season ends on December 1.

- john.lewis@odt.co.nz

 

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