Postgraduate English language requirements

If you are an international applicant whose first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English proficiency.

If you're an international applicant, you will need to provide proof of your English proficiency.

Domestic applicants

If you're a domestic applicant, you will generally meet your English language requirements from your academic background.

For more information, please see Domestic applicants and English language requirements.

Citizens of English-speaking countries

English is considered the first language of citizens of: 

  • Canada
  • Ireland
  • Singapore
  • The United Kingdom
  • The United States of America

You are usually exempt from providing proof of English language proficiency, unless asked to by the University of Auckland.

Conditional offers

If you have met the University's academic entry requirement and are waiting on your English language requirement, you may be issued with a conditional offer, subject to meeting the English language requirement.

Please note, there may be other conditions attached to your conditional offer. 

If you have received a conditional offer and are waiting to meet the English language requirements, you may wish to consider applying for entry to a pathway English language course at the University's English Language Academy.

Minimum postgraduate English language requirements

Important things to know: 

  • You must meet your English language requirements in one sitting of your chosen English language proficiency test
  • Your results are valid for two years from the date on the test certificate to the start of your studies at the University of Auckland
  • You can apply for your chosen programme(s) if you have not done your English language proficiency test. You will have to provide your English language proficiency as this is a condition of your application to meet the entry requirements

English Language Academy pathway programmes

You can meet postgraduate English language requirements by successfully completing either:

These ELA grades are considered equivalent to the IELTS bans for admissions purposes: 

  • IELTS 7.0: A- in FCertEAP or EPPS
  • IELTS 6.5: B- in FCertEAP or EPPS

Please note that enrolment in the ELA programme is at your own expense.

IELTS (Academic)

Every programme page on our website specifies an IELTS (Academic) score as the minimum English-language requirement for that programme.

IELTS (Academic) Overall score of 6.5 and no bands below 6.0


Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) Overall score of 90 and a writing score of 21
Paper-based TOEFL Overall score of 68 and a writing score of 21

We will be able to view and verify your TOEFL result, if you provide your:

  • TOEFL registration number
  • Date of birth

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Auckland is 9481.

Approved English proficiency tests equivalent to IELTS (Academic)

The table lists what the University accepts as the equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) overall score of 6.5 with no bands below 6.0. 

Please note that some Education and Social Work programmes require additional evidence of English competency due to professional registration requirements. Some programmes may not accept alternative test results due to professional registration requirements. 

C1 Advanced (previously - Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE))
Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169
C2 Proficiency (previously - Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE)) Overall score of 176 and no bands below 169
University of Auckland Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP) Grade of B-
University of Auckland English Pathway for Postgraduate Studies (EPPS) Grade of B-
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic*
Overall score of 58 and no PTE Communicative score below 50
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) ISE III with a pass in all 4 components
LanguageCert - International ESOL C1 Expert (LRWS) with a high pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill OR C2 Mastery with a pass overall and no less than a pass in each skill
AEMG English for Academic Purposes Direct Entry Program (AEAP DEP) Final Exam Overall score of 70% with no section below 65%
English New Zealand Accredited Pathway Assessment Assessment Level 3 overall and no skill below Level 2

*You must authorise the University to view and verify your PTE scores. See Sending verified Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic results.

Equivalent qualifications

If you have successfully completed study in the English medium, you may not have to take a language test. Please see the documents below for approved alternatives to our IELTS requirements.


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