NCEA exam error stumps students
It wasn’t until the last question in his maths exam that Sam Krishna and his classmates started panicking.
The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) have apologised for an error in a Level 3 statistics exam which left many students struggling to answer an impossible question.
Mt Roskill Grammar School year 13 student Sam Krishna was left stumped by the question.
‘‘I panicked quite a bit and I spent quite a bit of time looking at it,’’ Krishna says.
‘‘There was 15 minutes left and I still hadn’t written anything.’’
His classmate Joshua Simmons, 18, says he thought it was a trick question.
‘‘At first I thought it was intentional because a few years ago they had a question where the answer was wrong intentionally and you had to explain why it was wrong,’’ he says.
‘‘I actually wrote ‘this is a trick question’ and explained why it was wrong.’’
Krishna says some of his classmates are worried about losing out on valuable marks since the question is worth eight of the paper’s 24 points.
But NZQA deputy chief executive Kristine Kilkelly says it has reassured students’ that their NCEA results won’t suffer as a result of the error.
NZQA is investigating how the mistake occurred.
Mt Roskill Grammar School students Deeksha Vijayakumar, Joshua Simmons and Sam Krishna.