The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is one of the most widely accepted English language proficiency tests for study visa applications to New Zealand. However, other tests such as TOEFL or PTE Academic may also be accepted by some institutions.
You can also apply for a study visa without taking an English proficiency test if you meet one of the following criteria:
- You hold a passport from a majority English-speaking country, like Australia, Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, or United States.
- You have completed at least five years of secondary and/or tertiary education entirely in English
- You have completed at least two years of recent full-time work experience in a role where English is the main language of communication
- You are enrolling in an English language course to improve your language skills before starting your main course of study
It’s important to check with the institution you wish to study at, as they may have different requirements. Also, some programs or universities may accept other English language tests or qualifications that are not listed here, or may have their own English language tests or requirements.
It is important to note that the requirement may vary depending on the type of institution, level and type of program. So it’s better to check with your institution and double-check the information with the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) official website.