Exams surprise-free, say sitting students

22:28, Nov 12 2012
Sean Nicholson
Sean Nicholson checks his watch minutes before the start of the level two economics exam

"Hard work" pretty much describes the lead-up to this year's NCEA exams for year 12 Marlborough Boys' College student Sean Nicholson.

Sean is among senior students at the three secondary schools in Marlborough and more than 143,000 candidates throughout the country sitting NCEA exams, which started yesterday.

A four-hour study routine each day was "hard work", Sean said last night as he prepared for his next exam.

But along with a quiet room, he thinks that's what he needs to do well in five gnarly exams - economics yesterday afternoon then English this morning, physics tomorrow afternoon, maths on Monday afternoon and biology on Thursday afternoon.

While some students were hitting the books with a vengeance, others had not seemed to bother, he said.

Sean preferred being internally assessed for rather than sitting through an exam.


"To be honest, the exams are more suited towards girls - they make you spell everything out and if you don't get it, then that's just it," he said.

The NCEA papers for all levels began yesterday, with level one English, level two economics and German, level three Samoan and Te Reo Maori, and scholarship Japanese and English.

Queen Charlotte College principal Tom Parsons said the exam period had started well.

The school had 60 year 11 candidates, 55 year in 12 and 44 in year 13.

"Everyone turned up on time and it went very well.

"The students' feedback today was something that brings joy to the heart of a principal - no surprises. That's the easy part out of the way. The hard part is waiting for the results."

About 1850 markers would have the exam papers marked by the end of the year.

The Marlborough Express