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Science: Thinking with Evidence

Purpose of the assessment

The tests are for the assessment of students in Years 7-10 and identify specific aspects of thinking in science rather than attempting to measure overall achievement in science. They can be used to develop individual profiles that illustrate relative strengths and weaknesses in the domain of using evidence in science.

  • Designed to help teachers interpret science in the New Zealand Curriculum
  • Focusses on a key competency, thinking, in the context of science
  • Makes explicit links to the Nature of Science strand
  • The Teachers' Manual includes a section that gives suggestions for next learning activities
  • Achievement on each test can be reported on a common measurement scale

Recommended Year levels for each test

Test Number Recommended Year Levels
1. 7 & 8
2. 7 & 8
3. 9 & 10
4. 9 & 10

Science: Thinking with Evidence - Junior version Years 4-6

We are developing a junior version of Science: Thinking with evidence for Years 4-6. In the trials we’ve done so far students tell us they find it fun and engaging – and we’ve made the content relevant and Kiwi-as. This is a formative test that links to the curriculum and shows teachers what the capabilities in science look like.

Now we need your help. We are conducting a national norming trial early next year and need to sign up schools now to be involved. You will receive a short report on your students’ answers – and get to try the tool before it is released for sale in the second half of 2017.

Please sign up to be part of this exciting science education development!

Tell us about your interest, or email your name and school details to:

For more information and advice

Our science team has collated a list of queries from schools; download: Frequently Asked Questions.

For advice about the use of this test or others, including possible workshops, next steps and conversations around making sense of your school assessment, head to our Support and Advice page or contact our Education Adviser (details at the top right of this page).

We can also provide advice directly related to the NZCER Marking Service (subscriptions, setup, technical, data and reports).

Ordering paper tests?

Tests can only be purchased by schools, registered teachers, or parents/caregivers of homeschooled children with a current exemption certificate.  

If you can't shop for tests online you can download the order form below and email to or fax back on (04) 384 7933.

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