Academic grading in New Zealand
Various methods of academic grading in New Zealand are shown below.
The National Certificate of Educational Achievement, the current national secondary school qualifications, uses standard-based assessment. Assessment for Achievement Standards uses a four-grade system, the lowest being a failing grade, while Unit Standards use a simple achieved/not achieved (pass/fail) grade system.
|Official Name||Common Name||Abbreviation||Definition|
|Achievement with Excellence||Excellence||E||The candidate has demonstrated comprehensive understanding of the material tested|
|Achievement with Merit||Merit||M||The candidate has met the criteria of the standard which demonstrates in-depth understanding of the material tested|
|Achievement||Achieved||A||The candidate met the criteria of the standard to a level which demonstrates understanding of the material tested|
|Not Achieved||Not Achieved||N / NA||The candidate has not met the criteria required of the standard in order to pass|
|Standard Not Attempted||Not Attempted||SNA / V||The candidate has been entered for the standard but has not attempted/sat it.|
Until 2002, School Certificate, the predecessor to NCEA Level 1, used a norm-based five-grade system.
|A||80% - 100%|
|B||65% - 79%|
|C||50% - 64%|
|D||30% - 49%|
|E||0% - 29%|
New Zealand universities generally award letter grades (i.e. A to D) to students, with +/- variations. These letter grades correspond to percentage mark bands, though these vary between universities (common cut-offs for A+ include 90% and 85%, and even within a university, an A+ from one department may vary from an A+ from another, with the actual cut-off subject to discretion). D grade is a failing grade, corresponding to work receiving less than 50%. However, for Honours degrees, the letter grades also correspond to degree classes, with A+/A/A- grades corresponding to a first, B+/high B corresponding to 2:1, etc.