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Science: Thinking with Evidence

Purpose of the assessment

The tests are for the assessment of students in year levels 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

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 and email to or fax back on (04) 384 7933.

Coming soon to Term 3, 2017 - Junior Science: Thinking with Evidence

This is a new standardised science assessment. It focuses on the science capabilities that align with the Nature of Science (NOS) – the core strand of the New Zealand curriculum.

Students’ ability to observe and describe the natural physical world is assessed by asking them to think critically and use evidence from a range of interesting, familiar and relevant contexts. 

Features of Junior Science: Thinking with Evidence:

  • Three tests designed for students in years 4, 5, and 6.
  • Online-interactive tests.
  • Marked automatically.
  • Reports generated automatically.
  • Reports designed to be used formatively.
  • Supported with next steps.

This is an example of a question from the first test in the series:











NOS: Communicating in science

Science capability: Interpret representations

Students need to be able to: Read and interpret a simple form of a graph.

Due for release in Term 3, 2017

For more information or questions, contact

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).

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