English Proficiency Outcomes

The Table for Internationally Recognised English Proficiency Outcomes for International Students*

English proficiency outcomes1

Programme LevelIELTS test2TOEFL Paperbased
test (pBT)
TOEFL Internetbased
test (iBT)
Cambridge English
Examinations
NZCEL3
a) Expiring
b) Current
Pearson Test of
English (Academic)
City & Guilds
IESOL
Language Cert
Certificate at
Level 3
General or
Academic score of
5 with no band
score lower than 5
Score of 500
(with an essay
score of 4 TWE)
Score of 35
(with a writing
score of 14)
FCE or FCE for
Schools with a score
of 154. No less than
154 in each skill OET
at Grade C in all
sub-tests
a) Level 3
(General) or
(Workplace)
b) Level 3
(General)
PToE (Academic)
score of 36
B1 Achiever
with a score
of 43
B1 Achiever
IESOL (LRWS)
with PASS
Certificate at
Level 4
General or
Academic score of
5.5 with no band
score lower then 5
Score of 530
(with an essay
score of 4.5
TWE)
Score of 46
(with a writing
score of 14)
FCE or FCE for
schools with a score
of 162. No less than
154 in each skill OET
at Grade C in all
sub-tests
a) Level 3
(Academic)
b) Level 3
(Applied)
PToE (Academic)
score of 42
B2
Communicator
with a score
of 42
B2 Communicator
IESOL (LRWS)
with PASS
Certificate or
Diploma at Level 5
Academic score of
5.5 with no band
score lower than 5
Score of 550
(with an essay
score of 5 TWE)
Score of 46
(with a writing
score of 14)
FCE or FCE for
schools with a score
of 162. No less than
154 in each skill OET
at Grade C in all
sub-tests
a) Level 4
(General) or
(Workplace)
b) Level 4
(General) or
(Employment)
PToE (Academic)
score of 42
B2
Communicator
with a score
of 42
B2 Communicator
IESOL (LRWS)
with HIGH PASS
Certificate or
Diploma at
Level 6
Diploma or degree
at Level 7
Graduate Certificate
or Diploma at Level 7
Academic score of
6 with no band
score lower than 5.5
Score of 550
(with an essay
score of 5 TWE)
Score of 60
(with a writing
score of 18)
FCE, or FCE for
schools, or CAE, or
CPE with a score
of 169. No less than
162 in each skill OET
at Grade C in all
sub-tests
a) Level 4
(Academic)
b) Level 4
(Academic)
PToE (Academic)
score of 50
B2
Communicator
with a score
of 66
C1 Expert
IESOL (LRWS)
with HIGH PASS
Post-graduate
Diploma or Postgraduate
Certificate
at Level 8
Bachelor Honours
Degree at Level 8
Master’s Degree at
Level 9
Doctoral Degree at
Level 10
Academic score of
6.5 with no band
score lower than 6
Score of 590
(with an essay
score 5.5 TWE)
Score of 79
(with a writing
score of 21)
CAE or CPE with a
score of 176. No less
than 169 in each skill
OET at Grade B in
all sub-tests
a) Level 5
(Academic) or
(Professional)
b) Level 5
PToE (Academic)
score of 58
C1 Expert
with a score
of 42
C1 Expert
IESOL (LRWS)
with HIGH PASS
or
C2 Mastery
IESOL (LRWS)
with PASS

1 The 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.

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).

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.