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A Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test (often abbreviated N.E.W.T.) is a subject-specific exam that seventh year wizards and witches at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry take to help them pursue certain careers after their graduation.

For instance, the Ministry of Magic only accepts Auror applicants with at least five N.E.W.T.s with top grades of either 'Outstanding' or 'Exceeds Expectations'.[1]


The N.E.W.T. exams are the highest level tests that Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry offer to students. The exams themselves are incredibly difficult as stated in the name "nastily exhausting". At the end of their seventh and final year, students take the N.E.W.T. exams, which test what the student has learned over the past two years. Many professions require high grades in these tests, meaning that students must work hard to ensure that they pass. Not all students take or even pass N.E.W.T.s.

Advancing to N.E.W.T. classes

"I do not accept students into N.E.W.T. classes unless they have achieved 'Exceeds Expectations' or higher at Ordinary Wizarding Level."
—Professor McGonagall on the increased difficulty in N.E.W.T.[src]

A student must have previously achieved an O.W.L. in the subject in order to move on to N.E.W.T.-level classes. Most Hogwarts Professors will accept an 'Exceeds Expectations' on the student's O.W.L. for a class in order to allow them to advance to N.E.W.T.-level. However, some professors like Severus Snape, would only let students with an 'Outstanding' in their O.W.L. pass through to his Potions N.E.W.T. class, although he did accept students with 'Exceeds Expectations' into his N.E.W.T.-level DADA class during the 1996–1997 school year.[2]

Known achievers of N.E.W.T.s




Notable students who didn't take N.E.W.T.s

Not all wizards pass or even take the N.E.W.T.s, as they can find other jobs using their O.W.L. results. Fred and George Weasley, for example, did not bother taking the N.E.W.T.s and left Hogwarts to set up a joke shop. However, it should be noted that the immediate cause of their departure was to evade the much-despised Professor Umbridge, and that the aim of most students was always to return for the final two years.

Wizard(s) Notes
Harry Potter Didn't return to school for seventh year; went to work for the Ministry as an Auror, raises to the Head of Auror Office in 2007.
Ron Weasley Didn't return to school for seventh year; worked at the Ministry as an Auror, later went to work at the joke shop with his brother George.
Neville Longbottom Went to work for the Ministry as an Auror, then returned to Hogwarts as a professor in Herbology.
Fred Weasley Mentioned above, left during the rule of Dolores Umbridge, before exams and started their own joke shop.
George Weasley
Zygmunt Budge Left at the age of fourteen to pursue private studies in potion-making.
Cedric Diggory Murdered by Lord Voldemort in his sixth year before he had a chance to take N.E.W.T.s at the end his seventh year.
Rubeus Hagrid Expelled from Hogwarts in his third year, wrongly accused of opening the Chamber of Secrets that resulted in the death of a girl.

Behind the scenes

See also

Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  2. Ron is still in Snape's class with Harry, even though it's noted earlier in the book that he did not get any "Outstanding" O.W.L.s.
  3. Most likely, seen as becoming an Auror requires a minimum of five N.E.W.T.s.
  4. Requirements to become a Healer include N.E.W.T.s of at least grade E in the subjects of Transfiguration, Potions, Charms, Herbology and Defence Against the Dark Arts.
  5. PotterCast Interviews J.K. Rowling, part one

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