8. English language information

You need to meet English language requirements for your application to be approved.

Requirements for Applicants
As an applicant you must provide:

Those students whose first language is not English are required to demonstrate: An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall Academic score of at least 5.0 (see individual course requirements) issued within the last two years or a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 500 in the computer-based test, or at least 173 in the paper-based test, issued in the last two years. These tests are internationally recognised and both can be taken in New Zealand. Or you can provide a qualification considered to be equivalent to the above. OR:
-Evidence that you have an English speaking background or,
-Evidence that you’ve been employed in New Zealand for at least 12 months in a position that’s required you to speak English. We’ll need a written reference on company letterhead from your employer providing their contact details and details of your employment with them. If you’re still employed you can show us your current employment contract or,
You can show us through other means that you are a competent user of English. The factors we will consider may include:
-Your current country of residence.
-Countries you have lived in before.
-How long you were in each country.
-Whether you speak any languages other than English.
-Your family’s ability to speak English.
-Whether your family members speak any languages other than English
-Your previous or current work and the level of English language skills that was required.
-Your qualification and the level of English language skills that was required.

Definitions
English speaking background
You are considered to have an English speaking background if you can provide evidence that you have completed one of the following:

-All primary and at least three years of secondary education at a school or schools that taught in English
-At least five years of secondary education at a school or schools that taught in English; or
-A course taught in English that took at least three years and lead to a tertiary qualification.

OR your hold one of the following qualifications:
-A General Certificate of Education (GCE) ‘A’ levels from Britain or Singapore with a minimum C pass. Your pass needs to include English language or Literature or Use of English;
-An International Baccalaureate – full Diploma in English medium;
-A Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English with a minimum C pass;
-A Hong Kong Advanced Level Examinations (HKALE) including a minimum C pass in Use of English;
STPM 920 (Malaysia) with an A or B pass in English literature;
-University of Cambridge in collaboration with University of Malaya, General Certificate of English (GCE) ‘A’ levels with a minimum C pass. Your pass needs to include the subjects English of General paper;
-South African Matriculation Certificate, including a minimum D pass in English (Higher Grade);
-South African Senior Certificate, including a minimum D pass in English (Higher Grande), endorsed with the words ‘matriculation exempt’;
-A New Zealand tertiary entrance qualification gained on completing Year 13.
-Otherwise meeting the minimum standard
-You are considered to otherwise meet the minimum standard if you can satisfy us that your circumstances show you are a competent user of English. These circumstances may include (but are not limited to):
-The country in which you live.
-The country(ies) in which you have previously lived.
-How long you have lived each country.
-Whether you speak any language other than English.
-Whether your family speaks any languages other than English.
-The nature of your current and previous employment and whether it required skill in English.
-The nature of your qualifications and whether studying for them required skills in English.

Purchasing ESOL Tuition
For more information about ESOL tuition the Tertiary Education Commission can help you identify an appropriate provider if you require English language tuition to meet the requirements.

Contact address:
The Tertiary Education Commission
P O Box 76 328, Manukau City, New Zealand.
Web: www.tec.govt.nz