New Zealand is Open for Business for TOEFL iBT® Test Takers
The TOEFL® test will be accepted for skilled migration visas beginning November 21

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (October 13, 2016) – Getting to work in New Zealand just got easier. Immigration New Zealand announced that from November 21, applicants for the Skilled Migrant Category (SMC) can submit a TOEFL iBT® score to prove their English-language proficiency. The TOEFL® test, created by Educational Testing Service (ETS), is the most widely available English language assessment worldwide.

ETS applauds the decision to recognize TOEFL scores for immigration. The TOEFL test is already recognized as an English-language measure for admissions to all New Zealand universities. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) also accepts TOEFL iBT tests as evidence of English proficiency for international students applying for Private Training Establishments (PTEs) and Institutes of Technology (ITPs).

“While New Zealand has become a popular destination, skilled migrants from India, China and other key countries were choosing to go elsewhere, like the United States, Australia and Canada,” said David Payne, Vice President and COO of Global Education at ETS. “With the TOEFL test’s existing global reach, highly skilled migrants can now look at New Zealand as a destination for employment opportunities.

“These changes will help bring the best and the brightest not just for work, but will also make New Zealand a more attractive destination for international students.”

To qualify for a New Zealand skilled migration visa, applicants must obtain a total score of 79 or greater from a TOEFL test they completed within the last two years of the date they submit their application. For registration information and tools to help prepare for the test, visit the TOEFL website.

For more information regarding the use of TOEFL scores for New Zealand skilled migration visas, please visit the Immigration New Zealand website.

About the TOEFL® Test

The TOEFL test of academic English is the most widely respected English-language assessment worldwide, recognized by more than 9,000 institutions in more than 130 countries. To date, more than 30 million students have taken the TOEFL test. More information regarding the TOEFL test, including registration, study tips and sample questions, is available on the TOEFL® Go Anywhere website at

About ETS

At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and postsecondary education, and by conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a nonprofit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series® assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.

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