Kiwi Competitions

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The annual CEM Great Kiwi Science, English and Mathematics competitions are skills-based and closely aligned with the New Zealand Curriculum. The tests are designed by New Zealand teachers for New Zealand students.

The CEM competitions are currently offered at the Curriculum and Year levels shown below:

LevelYear levelCurriculum level
Primary 5-6 3
Intermediate 7-8 4
Secondary 9-10 5

The tests are administered online and take 50 minutes to complete so they can be conveniently slotted into the school timetable.

 Questions in the Kiwi Science Competition are skills based and cover:

  • Investigating - Experimental design, use of controls and the notion of a 'fair test'
  • Interpreting data - Interpreting diagrams, tables and graphs
  • Critical thinking skills - Reasoning, problem solving and logical deduction

The tests use every-day contexts relevant to the following strands of the Science in the New Zealand Curriculum:

  • Nature of Science
  • Living World 
  • Planet Earth and Beyond
  • Physical World
  • Material World

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The Kiwi Mathematics Competition tests use every-day contexts relevant to the following strands of the appropriate level of mathematics in the New Zealand Curriculum:

  • Number and Algebra
  • Geometry and Measurement
  • Statistics

The competition questions do not depend on mathematical knowledge alone, but on the ability to think things through, be logical, find ways to solve problems and is designed to make pupils think outside the box.

The competition encourages enthusiasm, boosts confidence in mathematics and shows the different ways questions can be asked. Pupils also need to read the questions carefully!

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The Kiwi English Competition tests use every-day contexts relevant to the following strands at the appropriate level of English in the New Zealand Curriculum:

  • Reading and Comprehension
  • Grammar and Spelling
  • Purpose and Audience

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Prices

The cost per student for each competition $8.50 (incl. GST).

Registration

Before registering:

After registration has been received we will provide you with a school password that enables your students to login to the competition.

Reporting of results

Results are provided to schools via a secure online login within 10 working days of the closing of the competition. Prizes will be awarded for each competition and year level.

Certificates for each student will be sent to the school and prizes will be awarded to top students.

Student results for each year level are reported as follows:

Distinction Top 1%
Excellence Next 10%
Merit Next 20%
Achieved Next 25%
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