English Language Requirements for Admission

Applicants whose first language is not English or Māori are required to provide satisfactory evidence of English language proficiency, generally in the form of an IELTS (academic) or TOEFL examination score. Scores can vary according to the qualification sought.

Applicants who have achieved University Entrance through NCEA are not required to provide further evidence of English language proficiency.

  1. Admission to CertAttainFoundSt
    The following minimum scores are considered to be evidence of such competence:
    • an IELTS score of 5.5 (with at least 5.0 in the Writing band), or
    • an iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) minimum score of 46 with a writing score of 14, or
    • a B grade or better at Level 6 in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English, or
    • a PTE Academic overall score of 49 and no less than 38 for Writing.
    All other evidence is considered on a case by case basis.
  2. Admission to all undergraduate qualifications with the exception of LLB, BSW and Teaching
    The following minimum scores are considered to be evidence of such competence:
    • an overall IELTS score of 6.0 with no bands below 5.5 or
    • an iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) score of 80 with a Writing score of 21, or
    • a B grade or better at Level 7 in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English, or
    • a PTE Academic overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42.
    All other evidence is considered on a case by case basis.
  3. Admission to LLB
    The following minimum scores are considered to be evidence of such competence:
    • an IELTS Overall score of 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any band), or
    • an iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) score of 90 with a Writing score of 21, or
    • a B grade or better at Level 8 in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English, or
    • a PTE Academic overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50.
    All other evidence is considered on a case by case basis.
  4. Admission to BSW
    All students who do not have English, Māori, or New Zealand sign language as their primary language must demonstrate either:
    • an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (with no less than 6.5 in any band) or
    • an iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) score of 85 or higher with a Writing score of 22.
    These tests must have been completed in one sitting within the previous two years. All other evidence will be considered on a case by case basis.
  5. Admission to graduate/postgraduate programmes
    The requirements are higher for admission to graduate qualifications (including higher degrees such as the MPhil, PhD and EdD). It is generally recommended that students have:
    • an IELTS Overall score of at least 6.5 overall (with no less than 6.0 in any band), or
    • an iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) score of 90 with a Writing score of 21, or
    • a B grade or better at Level 8 in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English, or
    • a PTE Academic overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills below 50.
    However, some qualifications, such as the LLD, SJD, MBA require a higher score. The English language proficiency requirements for admission to particular qualifications are at the discretion of the Dean concerned.
  6. Admission to BTchg, BEd and GradDipT
    The following minimum scores are considered to be evidence of such competence:
    • an academic IELTS Overall score of 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in any band)
    All other evidence is considered on a case by case basis.
  7. Admission to MTchgLn
    The following minimum scores are considered to be evidence of such competence:
    • an academic IELTS Overall score of 7.5 (with no less than 7.0 in any band)
    All other evidence is considered on a case by case basis.

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