Scholarship is externally assessed and is designed to extend very able students in their last year of schooling. It provides successful candidates with financial assistance for tertiary study.

Scholarship candidates are expected to demonstrate high-level critical thinking, abstraction and generalisation, and to integrate, synthesise and apply knowledge, skills, understanding and ideas to complex situations. Scholarship exams enable candidates to be assessed against challenging standards and are demanding for the most able candidates in each subject.

Assessment for Scholarship is held externally at the end of each school year. Generally, Scholarship assessments are undertaken by Year 13 students, most of whom are also studying towards NCEA Level 3. Each Scholarship assessment carries two passing grades - Scholarship (S) and Outstanding Scholarship (O).

Candidates are sent their Scholarship result notices by NZQA before 1 March in the year following assessment. More information about NCEA is available on