Entry examinations and requirements

Applicants meeting the following eligibility criteria can take part in the competition:

  1. Students in the final year of secondary education institutions;
  2. Students in the final year of technical, vocational, post-secondary and higher education institutions;
  3. Graduates from secondary, post-secondary or higher education institutions.

The selection process consists of the following stages:

  1. Stage I – APTIS;
  2. Stage II – NUFYP Entrance Test;
  3. Stage III – IELTS;
  4. Stage IV – consideration of Applicants’ files.

Applicants who failed to meet minimum score are not progressed to the next stages.

  1. APTIS – general English language assessment.
  • Assesses Reading, Grammar and Vocabulary skills
  • Number of questions – 75
  • Duration of the test – 55 minutes
  • Question type – multiple-choice questions
  • Minimum passing score – 38
  • Test result is available in 7 days

Applicants who provide a copy of TOEFL or IELTS certificate before the deadline with a minimum IELTS overall score of 6.0 (or equivalent in TOEFL) are exempted from taking the APTIS test. If applicants want to submit their IELTS/TOEFL certificate results, an official electronic test report form of IELTS/TOEFL must be sent by the Test Administrator directly to Nazarbayev University. Applicants should also upload its scanned copy to their personal account or send to ielts_2020@nu.edu.kz (for those who have already pressed the button SUBMIT application). Deadline – December 25, 2019.

Code for IELTS: Nazarbayev University

Code for TOEFL: 6762

  1. NUFYP Entrance Test – test that evaluates academic training for studying at the University.

NUFYP Entrance Test is held in next subject sections:

Mathematics and Critical Thinking & Problem Solving – for all majors.

  • Number of questions – 60
  • Test duration – 120 minutes
  • Question type – multiple-choice questions
  • Minimum passing score – 120 in total for 2 subjects, while passing level for each of the subjects shall not be less than 50. For example, 50 + 70 = 120 – is a minimum passing score.
  • Test result is available in 3 weeks
  1. IELTS – an international standardized academic English proficiency test.
  • Assesses Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking skills
  • Test duration – 2 hours and 54 minutes
  • Test format – written and oral parts
  • Minimum passing scores: overall score of 6.0 with no score below 5.0 in each subsection
  • Test result is available in 14 days

IELTS is conducted by NU within the Stage III of the selection process.

Number of tasks and duration of tests are subject for change by test administrators.

Information about access to entry examinations is placed in Applicant’s Personal account.

Applicants are informed about examination date and venue, as well as required documents and Rules of conduct during the examination via email one week prior to the exam.

Examination Schedule can be found here.

Test results are placed in Personal account and sent to personal email.

There is no appeal procedure available.

Entry examinations for NUFYP applicants are free of charge.