Thailand update for School International Directors

01 Nov 2016

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) understands the Thailand Bureau of Educational Testing (BET) is proposing a change that will affect how international students from Thailand apply for admission to Thai universities using their NCEA results.

Proposed changes by the Thailand Bureau of Educational Testing in November 2016

  • International students from Thailand should be aware that the Thai Bureau of Educational Testing (BET) are proposing changes that will affect the process for obtaining a Matthayom 6 equivalency certificate.
  • From November 2016, students will not have to apply for a Matthayom 6 (M6) equivalency certificate from BET.
  • Thai universities will make their own admission decisions.  BET will provide universities in Thailand with guidelines based on the current NCEA level 2 - M6 equivalency arrangement, and work closely with university admission staff to provide advice and guidance.

What does this mean?

  • International students from Thailand can still use their NCEA results to apply for admission to Thai universities.
  • Students will not have to apply for an M6 equivalency certificate from BET
  • BET have advised that Thai universities will use the existing NCEA level 2 - M6 equivalency requirements.  However, students are advised to check the admission criteria of the university they are intending to apply to in advance to ensure they meet any additional requirements.
  • The New Zealand Qualifications Authority will work closely with BET, universities and education agents in Thailand to ensure a smooth transition for students.

If you have any enquiries please contact NZQA on internationalunit@nzqa.govt.nz.

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