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Cambridge International Examinations (CIE/CAIE)

13 November 2023

Admission with Cambridge International Examinations (CIE/CAIE).

Minimum CIE/CAIE scores for University Entrance
  • A or AS level entrance requirement: A rank score of at least 120 points and a minimum grade of D in each of at least three subjects equivalent to those on the approved list (similar to NCEA approved subjects).
  • Literacy requirement: a pass in any of AS English Language, English Language and Literature, English Literature or English General Paper.
  • Numeracy requirement: either (i) a D grade or better in IGCSE or GCSE mathematics or (ii) any mathematics pass at AS level.
Rank score calculations

Your rank score is calculated by combining the tariff points of a maximum of six subject units (at AS or A level) over the last two years of study.

One AS level is counted as equivalent to 1 subject unit, while one A level equates to 2 subject units. If you have studied more than six subject units, only the six best subject units are included in the calculation of the rank score.


NZ Cambridge International Tariff Table

SUBJECT GRADE A*,  A LEVEL: 140 points,  AS LEVEL: 0 points A, A LEVEL: 120 points, AS LEVEL: 60 points B, A LEVEL: 100 points, AS LEVEL: 50 points C, A LEVEL: 80 points, AS LEVEL: 40 points D, A LEVEL: 60 points, AS LEVEL: 30 points E, A LEVEL: 40 points, AS LEVEL: 20 points

Below is an example of how a rank score is calculated:

# Geography was not included in the calculation because only the best six subject unit scores are used to determine the rank score. 


If you completed CIE with other NZ study

If you have taken CIE in combination with NCEA or other study please email us.


If you completed A (A2) levels overseas

The requirements listed on this page are only for applicants who have completed Cambridge International Examinations. If you have completed A Levels overseas through the General Certificate of Education instead, further information can be found here.



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