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NZQA want to exclude IELTS-free programmes for citizent of many countries, including INDIA.

They are seeking comment on proposed changes to Rule 18 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 regarding English language requirements for international students.

Proposed changes:

  1. Category 1 and approved Category 2 providers who are currently able use internal or NZQA-approved English proficiency assessments for international students would be able to use these tests only for students from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 90 per cent.
  2. Category 1, 2 and 3 providers would be able to use previous study at schools where English is the medium of instruction only as evidence of English proficiency for students from countries with an annual student visa approval rate of at least 90 per cent.

Why is NZQA proposing a change?

The proportion of student visa applications being declined by Immigration New Zealand over the last year has highlighted an issue with English language testing in some countries. Immigration New Zealand reports that the decline rate of Indian student visa applications has increased noticeably. The majority of these declines have been due to doubtful bona fides, mainly due to poor English proficiency. A bona fide applicant must show, amongst other things, that they “genuinely intend a temporary stay in New Zealand for a lawful purpose and are unlikely to breach the conditions of their visa.” In this case the lawful purpose is education and the appropriate level of English is required if applicants are to succeed and not be likely to breach the conditions of their visa (which includes attending and making satisfactory progress in their education).

Internationally recognised English proficiency tests

Providers would have to use an internationally recognised English language proficiency test for students from any country with an annual New Zealand student visa approval rate of less than 90 per cent. The internationally recognised English proficiency tests listed in Appendix Two of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules 2013 are:

 the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

 the English Language proficiency test of the Educational Testing Service (TOEFL)

 the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations

 the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (NZCEL)

 the Pearson Test of English (Academic)

 the International English for Speakers of Other Languages (IESOL) qualifications by City and Guilds.


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