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Language competency requirements

From 1 January 2019, we have shifted our approach to focus on evidence-based English language proficiency. 

Our requirements: English Language

These requirements are for Initial Teacher Education and Registration.

One of the following types of evidence must be provided to demonstrate English language competency:

  • The New Zealand University Entrance literacy credits at either NCEA level 2 or 3 OR
     
  • New Zealand University Entrance OR
     
  • New Zealand tertiary entrance qualification gained on completing senior secondary school prior to the introduction of current University Entrance OR
     
  • International Baccalaureate full diploma in English medium (24 points minimum) OR
     
  • Cambridge International Examinations minimum 120 points on the UCAS Tariff plus meeting the CIE literacy requirements OR
     
  • All primary schooling and at least three years secondary schooling completed in the English language and while living in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America or South Africa*
    (*Candidates from South Africa must also provide South African Matriculation Certificate Minimum D pass in English OR South African Senior Certificate Minimum D pass in English).  OR
     
  • Six years of education comprising secondary schooling to at least year 12 and at least two years of successful tertiary education, taught in English as the primary language of instruction and through face-to-face learning and assessment such as tutorials and labs completed in the English language and while living in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States of America or South Africa*
    (*Candidates from South Africa must also provide South African Matriculation Certificate Minimum D pass in English OR South African Senior Certificate Minimum D pass in EnglishOR
     
  • Awarded a Bachelor’s degree (with or without Honours), Master’s degree or other qualification at NZQF level 7 or above which took two or more years of full-time study to complete and 
    Was taught in English as the primary language of instruction and through face-to-face learning and assessment such as tutorials, presentations, seminars, and supervisory meetings and
    Was gained while living in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States or South Africa*
    (*Candidates from South Africa must also provide South African Matriculation Certificate Minimum D pass in English OR South African Senior Certificate Minimum D pass in English).​OR
     
  • Awarded Cambridge Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA) OR
     
  • Awarded Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL) OR
     
  • Achieved an outcome in one of the approved tests which is equivalent to or better than those specified (see table) within the past two years:

Test

 

Listening

Reading

Writing

Speaking

Overall Mark (in one test) 

Cambridge English exams

C2 Proficiency (CPE) or

C1 Advanced (CAE) or Cambridge English exams

B2 First (FCE)

 

 

minimum of 185

minimum of 185

minimum of 185

minimum of 185

minimum of 185

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic

 

7.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

7.0

International Second Language Proficiency Ratings (ISLPR)

 

4

4

4

4

4

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic

 

65

65

65

65

65

TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT)

 

24

24

27

23

minimum of 94

Trinity ISE III (3)

Pass with Merit

 

Pass with Merit

Pass with Merit

Pass with Merit

Pass with Merit

 

LanguageCert C2 Mastery IESOL

 

LanguageCert

C1 Expert IESOL

 

Pass

 

 

High pass

 

 

Pass

 

 

High pass

 

 

Pass

 

 

High pass

 

 

Pass

 

 

High pass

 

 

Pass

 

 

High pass

 

 

Our requirements: Te Reo Māori 

One of the following types of evidence must be provided to demonstrate te reo Māori competency:

  • Achieved Whakamātauria Tō Reo Māori Level 3 (National Māori Language Proficiency Examinations) OR
  • All primary schooling and at least three years secondary schooling in te reo Māori OR
  • Five years of secondary schooling in te reo Māori

 

Exceptional cases for English language

The Council considers exceptional cases where the specified evidence cannot be provided but there is other evidence of a high standard of English language competency.   We consider exceptional cases to ensure we accommodate high-quality applicants with the right level of competency.  We will consider other evidence on a case by case basis.   Exemptions requests for Initial Teacher Education must be made by the provider.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Read the FAQs.

Helpful links 

Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 
TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT)
Cambridge English exams 
IELTS
Trinity ISE III (3)

Policy

Language Competency for Teaching in Aotearoa New Zealand Policy (Effective 1 January 2019).