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NZCER Assist - New online platform for 2021

NZCER Assist is our new online platform that replaces the NZCER Marking site.  We are excited to go-live with our new and improved site for 2021. We have combined the best parts of the Marking site with a range of new features to offer our customers an improved online experience.  During 2021 we will continue to roll out further enhancements and reporting options, with a focus on aggregated and over-time reporting during Term 1, 2021. We look forward to your feedback and supporting your use of Assist in 2021 and beyond.

IMPORTANT: The NZCER Marking site will continue to be available so schools can access historic data and reporting. The site will be 'read only' which means no new assessments or surveys can be created and sat on the Marking site. All assessment and survey activity for 2021 onward will happen on NZCER Assist. During 2021 we will be working with schools to import historic data into NZCER Assist - this will be done alongside the addition of over-time reporting within NZCER Assist.

Please note that there have been some changes to the subscription process. Once you have created a school account your Administrator can enable your assessment and survey selections for 2021. This is all done within the Assist application rather than via our (old) corporate website subscription page.

NZCER's high quality research-based assessments are available in the following subject areas:

  • PAT: Mathematics
  • PAT: Reading Comprehension and Vocabulary
  • PAT: Listening
  • PAT: Punctuation and Grammar
  • Science: Thinking with Evidence (Years 7–10)
  • Junior Science: Thinking with Evidence (Years 4–6)
  • STAR Reading Test 
  • Te Reo Māori (Years 4–9)

About online testing with NZCER Assist

NZCER Assist allows schools the option of administering NZCER assessments and surveys.

There are many benefits of online testing. Here are a few advantages:

  • Immediate access to NZCER Assist's range of reports (Note: aggregate and over-time reporting will be released throughout Term 1, 2021)
  • 100% accuracy in marking
  • More engaging for students
  • Ability to adapt the test platform, such as dyslexia fonts
  • Allows students to sit tests on computers, laptops, and tablets as small as the iPad mini
  • Huge time saving in administration
  • It's cheaper – no need to purchase paper tests or answer sheets

If you are interested in a demo of any of the online tests, email

Not ready for online testing? No problem. Most of our assessments are still available as paper-based tests. 

Online reporting and analysis

Whether schools decide to use online and/or paper-based assessments, NZCER Assist continues to give schools access to a wide range of online reports that analyse achievement at individual, class, school and question level.

We provide a number of options for using NZCER Assist in order to meet the needs of all schools:

  • Online testing: After students sit the tests online, the full range of reports are immediately available to view on NZCER Assist.
  • Manual entry: Schools purchase paper tests and manually enter the results into NZCER Assist. This will then generate the full range of reports.
  • Scanning: Schools purchase paper tests and pay NZCER to scan the answer sheets. They can then log in to NZCER Assist to view the full range of reports.

You can select a combination of options, marking some tests yourself and sending others to us to scan, or sitting some tests online and others on paper.

Cost structure

There have been no changes to our pricing structure with our move to the new NZCER Assist platform.

Schools pay $250.00 for the yearly (PAT) subscription. Each PAT subject area costs $25.00  – you choose the number of subject areas you require. Separate pricing applies for our range of surveys offered on NZCER Assist.

Online testing and the scanning service incur additional costs. You can visit our detailed costing page to see exactly how much NZCER Assist will cost based on the number of students and the subject areas you wish to test.

More details on the pricing structure can be found in the NZCER Marking brochure. (While referencing NZCER Marking the pricing and services outlined in the brochure apply for our move to NZCER Assist)

For more about this service, call us on (04) 802-1630 or contact

Terms of use

Read our NZCER Marking Service terms of use

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