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.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) sets English language entry requirements for international students through the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 and the Training Scheme Rules 2012.

The requirements place responsibility on providers to ensure international students they enrol have the appropriate level of English proficiency for the level at which they intend to study.

Providers must maintain evidence that international students possess the appropriate level of English proficiency as part of their enrolment records for at least two years from the date of enrolment.

NZQA has developed guidance to assist providers in applying the English language requirements: Acceptable evidence of English language proficiency (PDF, 130KB).

 

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

 

1. The listed outcomes represent the minimum scores or grades for each test or qualification that qualify a student for enrolment at each programme level. Students with higher scores or grades than required for a particular programme level may still enrol at that level. Where the entry requirements for a programme are for a higher English proficiency outcome than is listed in the relevant row of the Table for the programme level in which the student is being enrolled, the student must meet that higher level.

2. IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible).

3. New versions of some NZCEL qualifications, and in some cases new qualifications, were published on 13 June 2017. These are intended to replace pre-existing versions and qualifications, which have been given expiring status until discontinued on 31 December 2019.

4. This note is not part of these Rules but notifies users of an error in the Table of the Appendix pertaining to the writing scores for TOEFL iBT. For more information and the correct writing scores, please see TOEFL writing scores.