- Proficiency tests
Whakamatauria to Reo - Test your Maori
You can now assess your Maori language ability without being enrolled in a language course. Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori – the Maori Language Commission offers Maori language proficiency examinations. Proficiency tests are not based on any particular language course so anyone can use them.
Whakamatauria To Reo Maori
Whakamatauria To Reo Maori is the examination system offered by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori. There are currently three examinations available:
- A Level Finder Examination (LFE) which measures your general knowledge;
- A Public Sector Maori Language Proficiency Examination (PSM) specially designed for public sector employees; and
- A Teaching Sector Maori Language Proficiency Examination (TSM).
Measure your level of general Maori language knowledge by sitting the LFE. It takes less than one hour and involves four tasks: dictation, vocabulary, grammar and self-assessment. There is no pass or fail. Your result will be one of five levels from Level 1: Basic Routine Language through to Level 5: Complete Proficiency. Most candidates complete the Level Finder Examination before sitting the Public Sector Maori or Teaching Sector Maori examinations. An LFE candidate handbook is available from Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori.
The Public Sector Maori examination is for public sector employees and measures ability to use Maori language for public sector work duties. Ideally, you will have attained Level 3, 4 or 5 in the Level Finder Examination before sitting the Public Sector Maori examination. The PSM takes about 1½ hours and involves reading, writing, listening and speaking tasks. Your result is reported as a grade. There are three pass grades and one fail grade. Visit the Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori website to obtain a copy of the handbook.
The TSM is a proficiency test for teachers. If you are a teacher and have achieved a high Level 3, Level 4 or 5 on the LFE you should do well in the TSM. The exam involves reading, writing, speaking and listening tasks and takes up to 2 ½ hours to complete. Teachers, principals and boards of trustees can use the TSM for a number of purposes. To find out more and to receive a TSM candidate handbook visit the Te Taura Whiri website.