Derived Grade Exams
What are they?
Derived grade exams are the Kāpiti College school exams which are held each year. Derived grades means that the grades that are achieved in these exams can be used to indicate the success of our students in an exam if there is a reason that they are unable to sit the end of year exams. Some circumstances where this may happen could include family illness or berevement or and emerency either at school or in the region of school. Once such example of this was 20,000 requests for derived grades as a result of the disruption caused by the Kaikora earthquake in 2018.
In addittion to their use for derived grades these exams are extremely useful for examination technique practice as well as being an excellent indicator of success so far in 2018.
Finally, derived grades are used for calculating our academic prizes. Those students who achieve the highest grades in these exams are often those who go on to win school prizes in their year group as well as the overall Dux of Kāpiti College award.
When are they?
This year the Kāpiti College Derived Grade Exams will be held from Monday the 20th of August until Friday the 24th of August. The exam timetable is below. Click on it for the full sized PDF version. On the timetable you will not only find exam times but also scheduled tutorials and workshops that are being offered in various subject areas.
Note: Although English has a 101 and 102 exam listed the exam is only compulsory for 101 students. Some 102 students have opted in, however, most will not be completing English exams in 2018.
How do I study for them?
During Week 2 of this term all subject teachers should be providing their classes with study skills information specfic to their subject. There are some resources available online to support study. Below are two website which provide study techniques and past exam papers that students can access from home.
http://www.studyit.org.nz/ : Great for general study advice and standard specific study information.
https://www.nzqa.govt.nz/ncea/subjects/: The place to go to find previous examination papers.
Doing the exams digitally
Students completing Level One, Two and Three English, Level One Media Studies and Level Two and Three Classics exams can complete their exams digitally. This means that they can opt in to using their own portable device for completing the exam. There are a number of school devices available for those who book them in advance. More information about the digital exams can be found but clicking here.