Qualifications and standards

Development of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 3) unit standards

Consultation on Level 3 EAP unit standards

Closes 14 July 2017

NZQA National Qualifications Services invites you to give feedback on the newly developed Level 3 EAP unit standards. This feedback will be used by the review panel to further develop the standards to ensure that they meet the needs of the sector.

The draft standards (below) are available for your reference. Please send your completed consultation feedback form (DOCX, 523KB) to National Qualifications Services at nqs@nzqa.govt.nz.





EAP3 - crafted text (PDF, 35KB)

Write a short crafted text for a specified audience using resource material in English for an academic purpose



EAP3 - listening (PDF, 34KB)

Demonstrate understanding of a short spoken text and apply information in English for an academic purpose



EAP3 - oral presentation (PDF, 34KB)

Deliver a short oral presentation in English for an academic purpose



EAP3 - reading (PDF, 32KB)

Read and apply information in English for academic purposes



EAP3 - write under test conditions (PDF, 35KB)

Write a short text under test conditions in English for an academic purpose




NZQA National Qualifications Services is facilitating the development of five Level 3 EAP standards. This is in response to feedback from the English Language sector suggesting that Level 3 EAP standards would provide rich potential for developing academic literacy within and across subject learning areas. Level 3 EAPs would pathway learners onto EAP Level 4 standards and prepare them for mainstream study. The new Level 3 EAP standards will also provide a viable option for providers to use to assess the outcomes of the NZ Certificate in English Language (Applied) (Level 3) [Ref: 3667].

The panel for this work are the same people used for the 2016-17 Level 4 EAP review.  Collectively this group has:

  • expertise in English for Academic Purposes
  • expertise in English Language and/or English as a mainstream subject
  • knowledge of New Zealand Certificates in English Language
  • experience in assessment, design and moderation of EAP unit standards
  • involvement in EAP related projects, reviews and programme implementation

They represent stakeholders from Secondary Schools, a University, ITPs, Wānanga and the National Moderator.

Email network

Members of the email network receive regular updates on review progress, with opportunities to contribute feedback.

To join the email network, please email nqs@nzqa.govt.nz.

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