Diagnostic assessment

After you have completed your online application, you must come to the University to sit diagnostic assessment in English and Maths.

  • The English part involves multi-choice questions in comprehension, grammar and vocabulary, and some personal writing.
  • The Maths part is set at approximately the level of a Maths student in Years 11–12 in a New Zealand high school.  

Before the assessment

Please ensure you have applied online and submitted all required admission documents to AskAuckland Central, Ground floor, Alfred Nathan House, 24 Princes St (entrance at rear of building).

Applications remain open until the date of the last assessment. We will update you by email once you have applied online.

Attending a Diagnostic Assessment

  • You do not need an appointment, and there is no cost. You simply attend at the appointed venue, date and time. See Next Diagnostic Assessment.
  • You need your University of Auckland Student ID number.
  • Bring a pen.
  • Bring a passport-sized photo to attach to your tests. This is separate from any photo you send with your Citizenship/PR documents.
  • Calculating devices or dictionaries are not allowed.
  • All phones must be switched off.

What happens after the assessment?

We will email or call you to either:

  • offer a follow-up interview
  • advise you of the outcome of your application


You may be required for interview. Interviews are not held on the same day as the diagnostic assessment. You'll need to be available during the following days/weeks. We can interview in person or via Skype. If this should be a concern you can further discuss this with us in person, by phone or by email.

Special conditions

If you require special conditions, such as extra time or you wish to sit alone, please email us prior to your session.

Please make yourself known to the people in charge on the day of the assessment to inform them of your prior request.


Paid parking is available at the Owen G Glenn Building at 12 Grafton Road, City Campus. The cost will depend what time you arrive.  

See parking options.

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Entry into Semester One 2020

When: Wednesday 30 October 2019

Where: Human Sciences Building, Building 201 North, 201N-346

When: 10 am–12pm

If the date is of concern to you for any reason then please email us.

Please continue to check the website for updated information.

Once you have submitted your application online, we will contact you by email to remind you of the need to attend the diagnostic assessment.