NZIC Year 12 and 13 Chemistry Practice Exams

Each year, the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry puts out practice exams available to teachers that cover externally assessed Achievement Standards for Year 12, 13 and Scholarship Chemistry.

The Year 12 assessments cover the externally assessed Achievement Standards in level 2 Chemistry i.e. Chemistry AS91164 (2.4), AS91165 (2.5) and AS91166 (2.6)

The Year 13 assessments cover the externally assessed Achievement Standards in level 3 Chemistry i.e. Chemistry AS91390 (3.4), AS91391 (3.5) and AS91392 (3.6)

A scholarship exam is also offered.

All assessments come with a suggested assessment schedule. Schools may freely photocopy and modify the exam papers, but for use within the school only. Current and past exams are a teacher-only resource, and not to be distributed outside the school. Current year’s marked scripts can be returned to students for revision purposes but not until the end of week 1 Term 4 (Fri 21 October) to ensure that answers are not circulating before all schools have sat their school exams.

There is a need to preserve the authenticity of the mock exam results should schools need to rely on these later to estimate NCEA grades. Unfortunately there are no known programmes that allow for the management of chemistry exams online where there is a reasonable guarantee that students are not able to cheat and are able to produce answers in the appropriate format.

Click links below to download a .zip archive for each level/year.

Please do not release current years exams to students until after Term 4 Week 1.

Level 2

Level 3


Year 12

Year 13