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Change to the numeracy requirement for University Entrance for 2022 and 2023
A2022/21 - 23 Nov 2022


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Change to the numeracy requirement for University Entrance for 2022 and 2023

The numeracy requirement for University Entrance (UE) has been amended for the 2022 and 2023 academic years.

Students who successfully complete the new numeracy (32406) or pāngarau (32412) unit standards during the 2022 pilot or 2023 transition year will be able to use them to meet the numeracy requirement for the award of UE in 2022 and 2023.

For 2022 and 2023 the numeracy requirement for UE is:

Numeracy - 10 credits at Level 1 or above, made up of:

· achievement standards – specified achievement standards available through a range of subjects, or

· unit standards – package of three numeracy unit standards (26623, 26626, 26627- all three required); or

· numeracy unit standard 32406 OR te pāngarau unit standard 32412.

Details about the new numeracy and pāngarau standards can be found on the Ministry of Education website.

· Numeracy:

· Pāngarau:

This temporary modification is for the award of UE in 2022 and 2023 only. The upcoming review of UE will inform any future modifications, including for 2024.

To ensure future pathways remain open, it is important that wherever possible, ākonga/students continue their mathematical studies beyond this foundational level. They should also note that University Entrance numeracy requirements are a minimum for entry to university level study and that some degrees have specific pre-requisites from Level 3 mathematics standards.

The numeracy requirement was amended after consultation with the universities and Universities New Zealand – Te Pōkai Tara.


Please refer any enquiries relating to this circular to:

School Relationship Manager
School Quality Assurance and Liaison
Telephone: 04 463 3000

Circulars are available from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority website (

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