DELNA for students

DELNA is a free check of your academic English language skills. Your results will not exclude you from courses you are already enrolled in and will not appear on your official academic record.

DELNA Screening

Your results

We will email you the Screening results and inform your faculty.

  • You may be told that your academic language skills are appropriate for beginning university study.
  • Or you may be told that your academic language skills are satisfactory, in which case you will be given details about where to go to do some brushing up of your language skills.
  • Or you may be asked to follow the Screening with the Diagnosis. Do this as soon as you can. The Diagnosis will give you a finer language profile of your listening, reading and writing skills. You will then be able to discuss these results with a friendly language adviser who will advise the best language enrichment for you on the campus. This will get you off to a really good start!

Students with disabilities

Students with disabilities may be exempt from the DELNA assessments. Please contact Disability Services to check your eligibility for an exemption—they will contact us directly.

Disability Services 
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 82936
Visit the Disability Services website


DELNA Diagnosis

The DELNA Diagnosis is a thorough assessment of your English language skills.

The Diagnosis is done with pen and paper and consists of:

  • a reading task 
  • a listening task
  • a writing task

These tasks have been trialled at the Universities of Melbourne and Auckland. Each task enables us to diagnose your present language skills and predict your performance in academic English.

Your results

Approximately one week after your assessment, you will receive an email from the DELNA Office:

  • It may contain your DELNA language profile
  • Or it may ask you to make an appointment with a DELNA language adviser to discuss your results

If you do not receive an email within the above timeframe, please email with the following information:

  • Your name
  • Your Student ID
  • The date and time of your assessment

To make an appointment to talk about your results, please email with:

  • Your name
  • Your Student ID number
  • Some days and times that you are able to come in.

DELNA Handbook

DELNA Handbook
(510.2 kB, PDF)

Academic English Language Requirement (AELR)

Find out what the Academic English Language Requirement (AELR) is and how you can meet it.


Language enrichment for all students

Find out about the University’s language support systems: