Students eagerly logged onto the NZQA website on Tuesday morning to check their National Certificate of Achievement (NCEA) exam results. By midday, NZQA had reported around 65,000 log-ins.
Despite efforts to prepare the site for extra traffic, some students took to Twitter to vent their frustration at struggling to log in, however the average wait time for students was reportedly just a few seconds.
Late last year, 158,179 students sat 119 NCEA exams nationwide. Last year’s exams were rather fraught owing to the botched maths questions – for which NZQA apologised – and the disruption caused by Mother Nature.
More than 20,000 students had emergency grades submitted on their behalf due to the 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Kaikoura on November 14, and the floods that hit Wellington the following day. Just over 85,403 emergency grades were submitted by 89 schools; of those, 31,652 were used in place of, or in absence of an exam result, according to the NZQA.
Students can expect to receive their exam booklets from late January. After receiving marked papers, students can apply for reviews and reconsiderations of their results until Friday 17 February.
Students who sat New Zealand Scholarship exams can view their results online from Wednesday 8 February and apply for reviews and reconsiderations until Friday 3 March.
National achievement statistics will be made available on the NZQA website when they are prepared at the end of March.