Qualifications and standards

Review of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) (Level 4) unit standards

Reviewed Level 4 EAP standards published

This review is now complete and the reviewed unit standards have been published. These can be accessed by searching for the unit standard's reference number or classification name or clicking on links below.

For more information on the outcome of this review please download the Review of English for Academic Purposes unit standards change report.

Standard ID



Write texts under test conditions in English for academic purposes


Write a crafted text using researched material in English for an academic purpose


Read and process information in English for academic purposes


Deliver an oral presentation in English for an academic purpose


Demonstrate understanding of spoken texts and process information in English for academic purposes

The assessment support material for the above standards are currently under review to align with the new version of the standards.

These standards credential a learner’s linguistic ability to cope with university study.  Two of these standards (Units 22750 and 22751) have been approved for meeting the 2011 University Entrance literacy requirements.  EAP standards are open to all learners, but recommended for people for whom English as an additional language.


In October 2016, NZQA began the review of the five EAP unit standards currently listed on the Directory of Assessment Standards (DAS). 

The purpose of this standards review was to ensure that:

  • the standards remain fit for purpose
  • there is a suite of unit standards suitable for those who wish to use them as assessment tools in programmes towards the NZ Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4) [Ref:1883]
  • the standards retain the integrity, specifically units 22750 and 22751, in meeting the university entrance literacy requirements.

Review Panel

In September 2016, an invitation was sent out to the sector for applications for review panel membership.  Seven people were selected. Collectively they have:

  • 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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