Introduction to Assist

NZCER Assist is our new online platform that replaces the legacy NZCER Marking site. We have combined the best parts of the Marking site with a range of new features to offer our customers an improved online experience.  For online subscriptions of assessments, completing SMS file uploads, adding teachers, and managing students, you will need to create an account within NZCER Assist.

Can I use my NZCER Marking Site Credentials to log into NZCER Assist?

No. Users will have to register themselves into the NZCER Assist system. The login details from the NZCER Marking Site cannot be used to log in into the NZCER Assist system. However, you can use your existing NZCER Marking credentials to access historical data and reports in NZCER Marking until your historic data has been brought across into the Assist site.

Step 1: Register for an account within NZCER Assist



  • Enter on your browser.
  • Click on Sign Up Now.
  • Fill out the form by entering your details to register.


  • Check your inbox or spam folder for an activation link.

Create/Join an Organisation

  • Enter your MoE number.
  • Select Join.
  • You will see a blank Screen (contact us with subject : Admin User Rights + School’s MoE number).


Step 2: Subscribing to assessment products

Once you are logged in as an Admin user, you can click on the 'Tools' heading in the menu on the left-hand side of your screen. You will see all of the assessment products that you can subscribe to. If you click the double arrows on the right-hand side of the 'Assessments' heading, the box will drop down and show you the PAT subjects that your school can subscribe to. On the right-hand side of each subject, you can click the 'Subscribe' green button for each subject.

Step 3: Adding teachers to the NZCER Assist site

In the Organisation Users section you can add teachers to your Assist site in one of two ways:

(1) Using the on-board link 

You can copy the orange coloured on-board link and email this out to your teachers. If the teachers do not already have an Assist account they will then be prompted to create one. 

If the teachers already have an Assist account, they will need to log-in with their account details and their user account will be connected to your school.

Please note:

  • Usernames cannot be email addresses.
  • Usernames are case sensitive.
  • If the email address section is auto filling, please delete and manually enter the email address.

(2) Manually create a user 

You can also manually create users within the system: Organisation Users> On top of the screen> Create User.

Fill out the form and share the username and password with your teachers.


Step 4: Complete your SMS Upload

Step1: Click on Admin

Step 2: Click on SMS Upload tab - if the screen is not defaulted (top of the screen, under Admin)

Step 3: Drag and drop the CSV file, or click to select a file.

Once the file is uploaded, Assist will validate the file, or advise if there are issues with the file.

Step 4: Click on the process button to start the SMS upload process

Step 5: Choose the classes, subjects, create assessment, confirm and finish

Step 6: Click on Upload SMS

Your SMS upload will be completed. The SMS upload will create assessments, classes and student profiles.


Step 5: Assign classes to teachers

Once the teacher accounts have been created and the SMS upload has been done, administrators will have to assign teachers to their classes.

This is so that when teachers login to Assist they are able to access their classes and assessment groups.

Step1: Click on Classes

Step 2: Click on Manage Teachers (2nd icon under Actions column, right hand-side of the screen)

Step 3: Click on Add Teacher

Step 4: Add your teachers by clicking on the join button (+)


Step 6: Getting assessment data into your Assist site

(a) Online testing - printing student tokens


You can export the tokens by following these steps:

Step 1: Click on Dashboard

Step 2: Choose the assessment subject

Step 3: Select the assessment group you'd like to print tokens for

Step 4: Click on Manage Users

Step 5: Click on Export Tokens on the top of the screen

Step 6: Choose PDF or CSV


(a) Paper testing - entering data

Step 1: Click on Dashboard

Step 2: Click on Manage Users 

Step 3: Click on the data entry icon (2nd keyboard looking icon under Actions column, right hand-side of the screen)

Step 4: Enter the data

Step 5: Click + Create


Step 7: View reports for the assessments

Step 1: Click on Dashboard

Step 2: Choose the assessment subject

Step 3: Click on the reports icon

For more information on school-wide reports click here.

Step 8: Downloading data from NZCER Assist 

Step 1: Click on Admin

Step 2: Click on SMS Download (top of the screen, under Admin) 

Step 3: Choose the tests, year and term

Step 4: Click SMS Download