NCEA exams begin today and go through until December 14 .
They are beginning two weeks later than originally planned to take account of the disruption the pandemic has caused in many schools this year.
And students in Auckland, Northland and parts of Waikato will be able to replace their exam results with derived grades based on their work through out the year because they have been in a level three lockdown and have spent the better part of two school terms out of the physical classroom.
Some students are skipping their exams altogether.
This morning's exams include level one Te Reo Rangatira and level two physics. Education Minister Chris Hipkins has wished the students well.
Students Josiah Aliimalemanu from Onehunga High and Lyric Te Ao from Papatoetoe High spoke to Morning Report's Susie Ferguson.