NCEA school exams commence this coming Friday and for the first time ever some students will use computers to sit their exams. A sample of 13 students are planning to complete their exams via computers, in a trial that will eventually lead to most external exams being computer based.
While NCEA has traditionally been paper-based the move to computers could be a revolutionary change for the education system. As not only would it decrease administration costs of printing the exam papers, but computer based programs provides students with flexibility in the way that the questions can be spoken allowed through headphones. The utilisation of headphones allows multiple students to complete their exams in the same room while still being secure and confidential to the individual taking the exam.
- Scholarship Drama exam starts on Friday
- NCEA exams start on Monday
- Exams finish on 2 December
- 143,000 students will sit the exams in 400 exam centres
- 1800 markers will grade 1.4 million exam scripts
- NCEA exam marking will be finished by Christmas, with results available in mid-January