App keeps you on top of NCEA credits  

App keeps you on top of NCEA credits  

If you have struggled to keep track of your NCEA scores, worry no more. Massey University has developed an app to help high school students track their NCEA progress, and have a little fun along the way.

Massey’s app is called NCEA Credsta, and the app uses cartoon characters to help turn the chore of recording NCEA credits into a game.

NCEA Credsta allows you to record your NCEA credits at levels 1, 2 & 3 as you collect them, and then to track your overall progress. As part of this, Credsta users can earn virtual coins to use to buy collectible badges that reflect what you have achieved. The app also features a virtual marketplace where you are able to buy, sell or swap badges, with the aim of collecting all five sets.

The Massey app is another initiative to try to simplify the often difficult world of NCEA credits.  

“It (NCEA) is especially confusing when you first encounter it – for students and their parents,” says  Massey University’s Julian Rosser, who headed up the Credsta project development team. “It can be quite intimidating for some people. Some parents never really get a handle on it.”

“Achieving your academic goals under NCEA, whether that is University Entrance or something else, is not just a case of passing an exam at the end of high school. It’s a gradual process of collecting credits as you work towards your goal. Credsta’s main aim is to make tracking that progress easier by having all your details in one, easily-accessible place.”

NCEA CredstaThe NCEA Credsta app is for all high school students, not just if you are thinking about going to university. NCEA credits are really vital if you are applying for an apprenticeship, trying to join the services or trying to get into that restricted training course. Knowing where you stand on the NCEA pathway is really important.

Credsta’s designers have tested the app with its target market – Year 11, 12 and 13 secondary school pupils like you – and the feedback has been positive. The idea of turning the process into a game received the universal thumbs up, and the collectible badge idea came when students said they wanted something more sophisticated.

Check out the NCEA Credsta app on YouTube

Download the app for free from iTunes or from Google Play