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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]


At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, pupils have to complete the Ordinary Wizarding Level before selecting the subjects they want to continue for N.E.W.T. level, which is the highest grade that they can achieve. They pick the subjects at the start of their sixth year, providing they achieved the O.W.L. grade that the teacher wants them to have.

They study for their N.E.W.T.s in the sixth and seventh year, before sitting an exam for each subject at the end of the seventh and final year. The exams themselves are incredibly difficult as stated in the name "nastily exhausting".

It is vital they achieve a high grade, as many professions will require them. Pupils do not have to sit their N.E.W.T.s if they don't want to.

Advancing to N.E.W.T. classesEdit

"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]

It is unknown what the limit is for many subjects the pupil may sit at N.E.W.T. level. Hermione Granger was granted seven, while Harry Potter and Ronald Weasley picked five.[3]

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




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

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 Picked Charms, Herbology, Defence Against the Dark Arts, Transfiguration and Potions[3] but decided not to return to school for the seventh year; went to work for the Ministry as an Auror, raises to the Head of Auror Office in 2007.
Ron Weasley Picked the same subjects as Harry[3] but decided not return to school for seventh year too; worked at the Ministry as an Auror, later went to work at the joke shop with his brother George.
Neville Longbottom Picked at least three subjects; Charms, Herbology and Defence Against the Dark Arts[3], but he left before the end of the seventh year; he went to work for the Ministry as an Auror, and then returned to Hogwarts as a professor in Herbology.
Fred WeasleyMentioned 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 DiggoryMurdered by Peter Pettigrew on Lord Voldemort's orders 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 scenesEdit

See alsoEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  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. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 9 (The Half-Blood Prince)
  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. Most likely, seen as becoming an Auror requires a minimum of five N.E.W.T.s.
  6. PotterCast Interviews J.K. Rowling, part one

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