Whakamātauria Tō Reo Māori is the National Māori Language Proficiency Examinations administered by Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori.  There are currently two exams available: the Level Finder Examination (LFE) and the Public Sector Māori (PSM). The examinations are open to individuals and organisations who wish to test their Māori Language Proficiency against the Whakamātauria Tō Reo Māori framework.

Level Finder Examination (LFE)

The LFE provides a general indicator of a candidates’ ability to aurally recognise words and their knowledge of vocabulary and grammar.

The examination is a written test only and takes 1 hour and ten minutes including ten minutes reading time. An optional survey is the concluding section of the LFE examination and asks candidates to provide information about their Māori language experience.

The three sections that constitute the examination are:

  • aural recognition (dictation)
  • vocabulary (close reading and multi-choice answer options)
  • grammar (close reading and multi-choice answer options)

The LFE examination marks are reported in levels ranging from 1 – 5, 5 being higher proficiency.

LFE Handbook [PDF, 625 KB]

Information, registration and enquiries

For registration forms, candidate handbooks and enquiries about the examinations contact matapuna@tetaurawhiri.govt.nz

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