The Examination Unit maintains the National Examination programs for the Ministry of Education. These examinations include annual examinations for placement of primary school students into Government schools and the Tonga School Certificate, the national examination for Secondary School students at the 5th year stage.
The Examination Unit either develops examinations and assessment processes internally or sponsors the external development of material. Likewise, the assessment process is monitored and co-ordinated by the Examination Unit.
The SPBEA provides prescription (curriculum) details directly to schools participating in examinations, but send national communications through the Examination Unit.