The Table

Internationally Recognised English Proficiency Outcomes for International Students

Internationally recognised proficiency testsProgramme Level and required outcome 1
Certificate at Level 3Certificate at Level 4Certificate or Diploma at Level 5Certificate or Diploma at Level 6
Diploma or degree at Level 7
Graduate Certificate or Diploma at Level 7
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
IELTS test2 General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5 General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5 Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5 Academic score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6
TOEFL Paper-based Test (pBT) where the test was carried out prior to 1 October 2017 Score of 500 (with an essay score of 4 TWE) Score of 530 (with an essay score of 4.5 TWE) Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE) Score of 550 (with an essay score of 5 TWE) Score of 590 (with an essay score 5.5 TWE)
TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT) Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14) Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14) Score of 46 (with a writing score of 14) Score of 60 (with a writing score of 18) Score of 79 (with a writing score of 21)
Cambridge English Qualifications B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill; B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill; B2 First or B2 First for schools with a score of 162. No less than 154 in each skill; B2 First, or B2 First for schools, or C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency with a score of 169. No less than 162 in each skill; C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill;
OET Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests Minimum of Grade C+ or 300 in all sub-tests
NZCEL3
a) Expiring
b) Current
a) Level 3 (General) or (Workplace)
b) Level 3 (General)
a) Level 3 (Academic)
b) Level 3 (Applied)
a) Level 4 (General) or (Workplace)
b) Level 4 (General) or (Employment)
a) Level 4 (Academic)
b) Level 4 (Academic)
a) Level 5 (Academic) or (Professional)
b) Level 5
Pearson Test of English (Academic) PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36 PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36 PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36 PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42 PTE (Academic) score of 58 with no band score lower than 50
LanguageCert B1 Achiever IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill B2 Communicator IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill or C2 Mastery IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill
Trinity ISE ISE I with no less than distinction in any band ISE II with no less than pass in any band ISE II with no less than merit in any band ISE II with no less than distinction in any band ISE III with no less than pass in any band

Note 1The 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.

Note 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).

Note 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.

 

 
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