English language requirements

AUT classes are taught in English. If English, Māori or NZ Sign Language is not your first language, you need to prove you have the minimum level of English for your AUT qualification.

We need to assess your level of English to ensure you can succeed in your programme. AUT does not accept responsibility if you fail courses because of a lack of competence in English.

International students at NZ secondary schools

If you are gaining University Entrance (UE) through NCEA, IB or CIE, you must meet the UE literacy requirements. You can’t replace the literacy requirements with an English language test result.

Some AUT programmes have language requirements higher than UE literacy. For details refer to the AUT Calendar.

University Entrance (UE) for bachelor’s degrees

AUT Calendar

Students with qualifications from outside of New Zealand

Applying on the basis of a qualification from another country? Use your official results for one of the following tests or qualifications to meet the English language requirements. Results can be up to two years old.

IELTS is the required English test for most health science degrees and teacher education qualifications, and the preferred English test for all other AUT qualifications.

If you gain UE through a NZ secondary school qualification, you can’t replace the UE literacy requirements with IELTS.

Some programmes have higher requirements for IELTS entry than the ones listed below. Refer to the AUT Calendar.

AUT Calendar

Doctoral degrees

6.5 overall with 7* in Writing and all other bands 6.0 or higher

*Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences only require a 6.5 Writing Band

Postgraduate programmes - master's degrees, postgraduate diplomas, postgraduate certificates and bachelor’s degrees with honours

6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher

Graduate diplomas, graduate certificates and conjoint programmes

6.5 overall with all bands 6.0 or higher

Bachelor's degree

6.0 overall with all bands 5.5 or higher

Diplomas

Depending on particular diploma, either 6.0 overall with all bands 5.5. or higher, or 5.5 overall with all bands 5.0 or higher

Certificates

5.5 overall with all bands 5 or higher

Use the following table to see what you need to meet the English language requirements through the Certificate in English for Academic Study (CertEAS), GIE, TOEFL iBT®, Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) or the Pearson Test of English.

You need IELTS to demonstrate English language proficiency for teacher education and health science programmes.

GIE results aren't accepted for entry to doctoral degrees.

Your test results shouldn’t be more than two years old. Other recognised tests of English language proficiency may be accepted on a case-by-case basis as agreed by AUT.

Minimum overall score

IELTS

Cert EAS

GIE

TOEFL iBT

CAE prior to 2015

CAE from 2015

Pearson (PTE)

5.0

C-

C

65

41

154

35

5.5

C/C+

C+

70

47

162

42

6.0

B/B+

B

80

52

169

50

6.5

A

B+

90

58

176

58

7.0

-

A

100

67

185

65

Individual skill/band score

IELTS
(R/L/S/W)

Cert EAS

GIE

TOEFL iBT
(R/L/S/W)

CAE prior to 2015
(specific skill profile)

CAE from 2015

Pearson (PTE)

5.0

Depends on the qualification you seek entry to. Please refer to the Academic Calendar.

C

15/15/17/18

-

154

35

5.5

C+

15/15/18/20

-

162

42

6.0

B

19/19/20/22

Borderline

169

50

6.5

B+

20/20/20/24

Borderline

176

58

7.0

A

24/24/23/27

Good

185

65

*Individual band scores for TOEFL iBT are indicative and variations of up to two points may be accepted, as long as the minimum overall score is achieved.
**GIE results aren't accepted for entry to doctoral degrees.

You can use the official results of an academic qualification completed in a country where English is the main language:

  • Must have been taught and assessed in English - evidence is required
  • Must be at an appropriate level

Contact us

Contact us for specific information for your country or chosen programme.

English language courses

If you need to improve your English before studying at AUT, we offer: