International students aspiring to study in New Zealand have to attempt and pass two types of tests – English proficiency and academic entrance requirements test.
To enter any institution, international students have to receive an offer of place or conditional offer of place.
If the students hold an offer of place conditional on English, they can enter the pathway English language course at the university’s English language academy. This is another way to enter the desired institution.
Apart from English proficiency tests, students need to score well in academic entrance exams which includes SAT, GRE and GMAT in New Zealand at different levels of education.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
TOEFL is required for education and immigration purposes in New Zealand.
TOEFL Threshold scores for a different level of Programs in New Zealand are: –
|Program Level (1 – 10)||Updated Scores|
|Level 3||35 (writing score – 14)|
|Level 4 – 5||46 (writing score – 14)|
|Level 6 – 7||60 (writing score – 18)|
|Level 8 – 10||79 (writing score – 21)|
Purpose to visit New Zealand decides the minimum score required by the students. Skilled Migrant Category has the highest cut-off because of the job level demand.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
It is the most widely accepted test in New Zealand for English language proficiency judgment.
IELTS Threshold scores for different Migration to NZ are: –
|Skilled Migrant Category||6.5|
|Business Category: Entrepreneur||4|
|Residence from Work Category||5 (with partner and children)|
Pearson Test of English (PTE)
- PTE has been recently added to the list of English language proficiency tests in New Zealand. It is accepted by 100% New Zealand Universities, Visa, Polytechnics and Private Institutions.
- PTE is of 2 types – Academic and General.
- This exam is also valid for all the visa categories in New Zealand for migration.
PTE Threshold score for different types of Visas in New Zealand
|Visa Type||Overall PTE Academic Store|
|Skilled Migrant Category||58|
|Religious workers, partners and dependent children||36|
|Dependent Child Resident Visa||36|
|Parent Resident Visa||At least 29 in two of the skills or overall 36|