English Language Entry Requirements

Students will meet the English language proficiency requirements for their chosen qualification providing they have attained the required levels in the English language assessments listed below within two years prior to the date of application.

 

English Language Entry Requirements

for Internationally Recognised English Proficiency Outcomes for
International Students

English Proficiency Outcomes1
Programme Level IELTS test2 TOEFL Paper-based
test
(pBT)
TOEFL Internet-based test
(iBT)
Cambridge English Examinations NZCEL3
a) Expiring
b) Current
Pearson Test of English (Academic) City & Guilds IESOL LanguageCert
Certificate at
Level 3
General or Academic score of 5
with no band score lower than 5
Score of 500
(with an essay score of 4
TWE)
Score of 35 (with a writing score of 20) FCE or FCE for Schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill 
OET at Grade C in all sub-tests
a) Level 3 (General) or (Workplace) 
b) Level 3 (General)
PToE (Academic) score of 36 B1 Achiever with a score of 43 B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS
Certificate at
Level 4
General or Academic score of 5.5
with no band score lower than 5
Score of 530
(with an essay score of 4.5 TWE)
Score of 46 (with a writing score of 20) FCE or FCE for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill
OET at Grade C in all sub-tests
a) Level 3 (Academic) 
b) Level 3 (Applied)
PToE (Academic) score of 42 B2 Communicator with a score of 42 B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with PASS
Certificate or Diploma at
Level 5
Academic score of 5.5
with no band score lower than 5
Score of 550
(with an essay score of 5 TWE)
Score of 46 (with a writing score of 20) FCE or FCE for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill
OET at Grade C in all sub-tests
a) Level 4 (General) or (Workplace) 
b) Level 4 (General) or (Employment)
PToE (Academic) score of 42 B2 Communicator with a score of 42 B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS
Certificate or Diploma at Level 6 
Diploma or degree at Level 7
Graduate Certificate or Diploma at Level 7
Academic score of 6
with no band score lower than 5.5
Score of 550
(with an essay score of 5 TWE)
Score of 60 
(with a writing score of 20)
FCE, or FCE for schools, or CAE, or CPE with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill
OET at Grade C in all sub-tests
a) Level 4 (Academic) 
b) Level 4 (Academic)
PToE(Academic) score of 50 B2 Communicator with a score of 66 C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS
Post-graduate Diploma or Post-graduate Certificate at Level 8
Bachelor Honours Degree at Level 8
Master’s Degree at Level 9
Doctoral Degree at Level 10
Academic score of 6.5
with no band score lower than 6
Score of 590
(with an essay score 5.5 TWE)
Score of 79 
(with a writing score of 21)
CAE or CPE with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill
OET at Grade B in all sub-tests
a) Level 5 (Academic) or (Professional) 
b) Level 5
PToE (Academic) score of 58 C1 Expert with a score of 42 C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with 
HIGH PASS orC2 Mastery IESOL (LRWS) with PASS

 

 

NOTES:

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has set English language entry requirements for international students enrolling with non-university tertiary education providers in New Zealand.

Under the Rule 18 requirements providers must ensure that they have evidence that an international student’s level of English proficiency is appropriate for their level of study before they are enrolled.

Providers have a number of options as to the evidence they can use to determine this level of proficiency, ranging from international English proficiency assessments, such as IELTS, to recognition of previous study with English as the language of instruction.

The options vary depending on the provider’s Category and the student visa approval rate of the country the student is from. Further information outlining the options and further guidance is available from (see NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013) http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/assets/About-us/Our-role/Rules/Prog-App-Accred-Rules.pdf

The English language proficiency requirements of Rule 18 override any WITT programme entry requirement unless that programme requires a higher entry requirement.