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Course details


About the course

UCOL Te Pūkenga is one of three TOEFL iBT testing centres in New Zealand. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL Te Pūkenga programmes.

For over 50 years, the TOEFL test has been the world’s premier English language test. It is accepted by more than 9,000 organisations and tertiary institutions in 130 countries.

Demonstrate your English language abilities by showing your TOEFL iBT qualification to your prospective employer or place of study, including UCOL Te Pūkenga. The test can also be used to meet student visa and migration English requirements.

Test Format
You’ll be tested on your reading, listening, speaking and writing, and will combine all these skills to summarise, evaluate and synthesise information.

The test will take place via Internet at UCOL Te Pūkenga Manawatū. It will comprise:

  • 60 - 80 minutes of reading (read passages, then respond to questions)
  • 60 -90 minutes of listening (listen to brief lecturers or a classroom discussion, then respond to questions)
  • 20 minutes of speaking (using a microphone to speak about familiar topics, and also discuss material you read about and listened to)
  • 50 minutes of writing (read a passage, listen to a recording and then type your response)

You can rest assured that the test is secure. It uses biometric voice identification software, and all test participants must show a valid and acceptable ID with your name, photograph and signature. In addition, security features such as encrypted test delivery ensure your information is protected.



About the provider

UCOL in its many forms has been part of the community for more than a century. We are a proud example of a successful Institute of Technology and Polytechnic. We have a rich heritage and much to contribute to the future of vocational learning.

When you study with UCOL you’re much more than a number. We take the time to get to know you, to understand who you are. By sharing your strengths and what you want to achieve, we can truly help you get to where you want to be.

At UCOL, we’re here to support you all the way. Studying can be a challenge, we get that.

Study takes commitment, which, together with a learning style that suits you and the support you need, is a very powerful combination. At UCOL we encourage resilience and build self-confidence while you learn - providing our students with even greater opportunities.

As a student studying on or off campus, you can expect to learn skills and gain knowledge that sets you on your way. Gaining a qualification is a wonderful achievement that is earned, not given. We encourage you to stay in touch and make life-long learning a part of your journey. Ultimately, we want you to find your own place, whatever that may mean for you.

Our networks with local employers go beyond one-way exchanges, we value meaningful connections that are mutually beneficial. These relationships keep our education grounded, our programmes relevant, and job opportunities real. Our approach is truly collaborative.

UCOL graduates are well-rounded and possess the skills and values employers are looking. They are valued members of their local community. With campuses in Palmerston North, Whanganui, Wairarapa and Horowhenua, and various delivery locations, we’re well known throughout the central and lower North Island.

Being close to our communities is a vital part of who we are. We strive to deepen connections and help our communities to grow and prosper. We aspire to build positive, meaningful relationships that benefit our students and graduates. That is why we exist.