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Time to try a past exam?

Time to try a past exam?

You’ve come to the right place.

Here we have all the NCEA past exam papers available for you to access for your study.

The most effective way to use these is to treat it like a real exam.  That means, no phone, no laptop, no distractions, and with a timer.  Then once you’re finished, check back here and use the Assessment Schedule to see how you went.

CLICK HEREfor link to past papers.

 

 

IMPORTANT:

Check the subjects that you have been approved for studying next year – sign into PCSchool – look in the ‘Reports’ folder and in particular the report titled “Students Next Year Subject Selection Info“.  The top line shows the subjects that you selected to study next year. If it shows “veto” this means that the Head of Department for that subject area is concerned that you may not have the prerequisites to enter that subject next year.
Please use the next few weeks before examinations begin to undertake a sustained revision programme and to work hard on any remaining internal assessments. The final decision about acceptance into subjects is completed after the NCEA external examination results are published early next year.

 

POPULAR TERTIARY ORGANISATIONS info

POPULAR TERTIARY ORGANISATIONS:

Ara Institute of Canterbury (formerly CPIT): Future Me Quiz

Auckland University of Technology (AUT): Future career sheets

Lincoln UniversityRecommended school subjects

Massey University

Otago Polytechnic

Southern Institute of Technology (SIT)

University of AucklandSubject guide for school students

University of Canterbury (UC):  What can I do with a degree?

University of OtagoRequired and Recommended School Subjects

Victoria University of WellingtonPlanning ahead: school subjects

Sign up for StudyLink information

Sign up for StudyLink information

If you’re in your final year at secondary school and thinking about starting tertiary education next year we can help.

 

CLICK HERE and complete this form and closer to the time we’ll send you information about the application process and when to apply.

Thinking about study: Student Allowance – what you need to know

Student Allowance
If you study full-time you may be able to get a weekly Student Allowance to help with living expenses and the best thing is, you don’t need to pay it back.
Even if you’re only entitled to a small amount, every dollar helps and it’s a dollar you won’t have to borrow.

TO GET A STUDENT ALLOWANCE YOU’LL GENERALLY NEED TO BE:

  • 18 years old or over (some 16-17 year olds can also get it)
  • studying full-time (or limited full-time with StudyLink approval) on an approved tertiary course (your education provider can tell you if your course is approved)
  • a New Zealand citizen, or

    • an Australian citizen or a resident of New Zealand who has lived in New Zealand for at least 3 years while holding a residence class visa, or
    • a refugee or protected person (Immigration Act 2009), or
    • sponsored into New Zealand by a family member who is a recognised refugee or protected person.

HOW MUCH YOU GET EACH WEEK DEPENDS ON A FEW THINGS, LIKE:

  • the amount of income you receive each week
  • how much your parents earn in a year
  • whether you live at home
  • whether you have siblings who are also studying.

PARENTS’ INCOME
If you’re under 24 years and don’t have children of your own, what you get depends on your parents’ income.

IF ONLY ONE OR NEITHER OF YOUR PARENTS SUPPORT YOU:
You may be able to apply for an Independent Circumstances Allowance, or have your parent complete a One Parent application (you’ll still need to complete a Student Allowance application).

Work out how much Student Allowance you may be able to get by using our Student Allowance calculators.

Lightbulb Usually you need to be studying full-time to get a Student Allowance. If you’re unable to study full-time you may qualify for limited full-time status, but there are certain criteria you have to meet.
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PAYING THE BILLS

Have you thought about how much you’ll need to budget for bills? You’ll definitely need to pay for power, and a data plan of some sort for your research assignments and keeping in touch with family and friends.

You might be lucky enough to have these costs covered as part of your accommodation, or you might end up splitting the costs with flatmates. Either way it’s good to plan ahead.

Think about where you might be living and what your weekly costs might be. Our next update will cover food and transport, so just focus on the household bills.

SO, HOW MUCH DO YOU THINK YOU’LL NEED EACH WEEK FOR BILLS?

So, you’re living at home/hostel/boarding
and most things are included. Just don’t forget about your mobile phone.
$0 -10/wk
Splitting the bills with flatmates and you’ve got a cheap data plan? Smart thinking. You’ll need to stick to that budget – setting up automatic payments into a flat account might be a good idea.
$25/wk
Looks like you have everything covered – power, data, your mobile and insurances, just remember you’ll still need money for food and transport.
$50/wk
Woah! That’s more than $3,000 a year, if you’re borrowing to pay for this, have you thought about how you’re going to pay it back?
$75/wk
Lightbulb Your Student Allowance or Student Loan will help to cover some of these costs – but remember, it also has to cover your accommodation and food.
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