Young heads were firmly in books in South Canterbury yesterday as students prepared for the national certificate of educational achievement exam gauntlet during the next two weeks.
Scholarship drama kicked off the exam timetable yesterday morning, with the first major exams beginning on Monday, starting with NCEA level 1 English.
Craighead Diocesan School year 13 students Kim Giles and Bridget Tu'itufu had their heads down at the Timaru District Library yesterday.
Both were preparing for their first exam, level 3 biology, which they sit on Tuesday morning. Kim said they had chosen the library as somewhere quiet to work and where they had access to books.
"We've got all the resources here," Bridget said.
Biology was the hardest subject, they agreed, requiring four papers to be completed.
"We're looking forward to it being first up so we can get it out of the way," Kim said.
Both girls are heading to Otago University next year to study first year health sciences. About 143,000 New Zealand students will sit NCEA exams during the next two weeks.
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