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English for Otago (EFO)

English for Otago offers a pathway to undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes at the University of Otago.



English requirements for the University of Otago

There are no 'special examinations' for students who fail English for Otago.

Students must achieve a minimum of a 'C' grade to pass the English for Otago course.

In achieving this grade, students meet the English language requirements for admission to most undergraduate or postgraduate programmes at the University of Otago.


Admission to English for Otago

This is an intensive course requiring a high entry standard. You are required to pass the entrance exam in order to enter EFO or have achieved the following English proficiency level before the course start date.


Entrance requirements (if not sitting the EFO entrance test):



Entrance Requirement

Undergraduate programme


5.5 (no band below 5.0)


70 (writing 15)

Paper-based TOEFL

525 (TWE 4.0)

Computer-based TOEFL

193 (essay rating 4.0)

GCE O-Level English

Grade C6

HKDSE English

Level 2

HK ALE Use of English

Grade D7

SPM Bahasa Inggris

Grade 4

Pearson Test of English (Academic) PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36

Postgraduate programme


6.0 (no band below 5.5)


80 (writing 20)

Paper-based TOEFL

550 (TWE 4.5)

Computer-based TOEFL

213 (essay rating 4.5)

Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

Grade B

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

Grade C


Level 4

APIEL (Advanced Placement International English Language) Examination

Grade 3

GCE A-Level General Paper (English)

Grade C or higher

International Baccalaureate

Pearson Test of English (Academic) PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42


Further information     

EFO start dates

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EFO study period


For questions regarding admission to undergraduate or postgraduate programmes please refer to:

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