Previous secondary school qualifications

University Entrance

You are qualified for admission to university if you have obtained:

From the New Zealand University Entrance, Bursaries and Scholarships Examination (NZUEBS) prior to 2004

  • A grade of A, B or C in each of 3 subjects from the approved list, plus Higher School Certificate;
  • A New Zealand Bursary at ‘A’ or ‘B’ level;
  • A combination of NZUEBS A, B or C grades and level 3 unit standards, from the National Qualifications Framework in subjects on the approved list (see NCEA), plus Higher School Certificate.

From the New Zealand Bursaries Examination prior to 1993

  • A grade of A, B, C or D in each of 4 subjects.

From New Zealand University Entrance prior to 1986

  • An award of New Zealand University Entrance, by examination or accreditation.

Admission to your chosen qualification

The Preferential Entry Score from secondary school qualifications above, for the majority of undergraduate qualifications, is 120 points.

You will be given a rank score of 120 points if you were accredited with the University Entrance qualification.

If you sat any of the external examinations listed above, your rank score will be calculated using your results from up to five subjects on the basis of the table below. Your best five results will be used for the calculation with grades of D or above included. 

Grade
A
B
C
D
Score (points)
56
42
28
14

For example: 

Subject
Grade
Rank Score
English
C
28
Mathematics
C
28
Accounting
B
42
History
B
42
Biology
A
56
Geography
D
Not counted in best five
subjects
Total 196

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