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What is NCEA?
The National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) is the main national qualification for secondary school students in the Cook Islands.
NCEAs are recognised by employers both in the Cook Islands and overseas and used for selection by universities and polytechnics.
How does it work?
To complete NCEA Level 1 - students will need to gain 80 credits in total at Level 1 or above.
At least 20 of these credits will have to be gained in literacy (10 credits) and numeracy (10 credits) of the subjects they take.
To complete NCEA Level 2 - students will need to gain 60 credits at Level 2 or above, as well as 20 credits from Level 1, to make 80 credits in total.
To complete NCEA Level 3 - students will need to gain 60 credits at Level 3 or above, as well as 20 credits from Level 2, to make 80 credits in total.
In an Achievement Standard course, standards are assessed both internally and externally. Students can gain Achieved, Merit or Excellence grades in these courses.
Unit standard courses are fully assessed internally. A student who achieves these standards will receive credits towards their NCEA.
Most unit standards are assessed with an Achieved grade. Some courses are a mixture of both Achievement Standards and Unit Standards