This FAQ is about your results (ranking of major subject areas).
How should I interpret the ranking of subject areas I've created?
Based on the criteria you chose and how you answered the questions, the ranking reflects your preferences. It also reflects how the subject areas are characterised on the criteria (by NMD's developers).
How do I find out about particular majors in my ranking I'm interested in?
Click the subject areas' names.
How can I find out about particular majors I'm interested in without having to choose any criteria or make any decisions?
Click the subject areas button in the navigation bar above. Or click the browse subject areas button at the home page.
NMD has found my top ranked subject area. Should I necessarily study it?
Not necessarily. Your top ranked subject area is one of many possibilities you might be interested in. Also look at the top 10 or 20 and get a feel for what they're about. Click the subject areas' names to learn about them. There may be some that you've never heard of but that you would fall in love with.
What do the decision weights mean?
They represent the relative importance to you of your criteria. For example, if criterion a is worth 20% and criterion b is worth 10%, then criterion a is twice as important as criterion b (20% divided by 10%). The weights are used to create your personal ranking of the subject areas.
What does the ranking of subject areas depend on?
The criteria you chose and their weights, as determined by how you answered the questions. Also, how the subject areas are characterised on the criteria (by NMD's developers).
Is every single major available in NZ universities included in NMD?
To the best of our knowledge, yes! (Please let us know if you think we have missed any.)
Why are there links to Wikipedia articles for each of the subject areas?
Each article has been specially chosen because it is very informative and up-to-date about the academic field of specialisation corresponding to the particular subject area and the article is well written.
How do I find out about possible career opportunities associated with the subject areas?
Many (though not yet all) of the subject areas have a list of possible career opportunities.
How do I get rid of all my criteria and decisions and start again?
Click the start over button at the results page.