School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS test for UK Visas and Immigration

Update from UKVI – IELTS results from 6-22 April now accepted for visa applications (9 June 2015)

Are you planning to live, work or study in the UK? Have you already completed your IELTS test? The UK government has announced they will accept results from all IELTS test dates between 6 – 22 April. This means that you can submit your IELTS results with your visa application to UKVI if:

• your visa application requires you to supply results from a Secure English Language Test, and
• your IELTS test date was before 22 April 2015, and
• your IELTS test was taken at any of the 1,000 IELTS test locations around the world, and
• you submit your application to UKVI before 5 November 2015.

If you require an “IELTS for UKVI” test to meet UKVI’s requirements, then you can register here for upcoming “IELTS for UKVI” tests.

On 20 February 2015, the UK government announced important changes to Secure English Language Tests (SELT) for visa purposes.

If you make a visa application to stay or move to the UK, you need to be aware of changes made by United Kingdom Visas & Immigration (UKVI).

Read more about the IELTS test for UK Visas and Immigration.


Welcome to IELTS, the International English Language Testing System. The Test Centre at Wellington is conveniently located in the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at the Victoria University of Wellington.

Since 1989, IELTS has been proven and trusted worldwide to provide a secure, global, authentic and customer-focused test which measures true to life ability to communicate in English.

Over 9,000 educational institutions, government agencies and professional organizations across 135 countries around the world recognize IELTS scores as a trusted and valid indicator of communicate skills in English.

IELTS is designed to assess the language competence of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication. In New Zealand, IELTS is used as a measure of English language proficiency for immigration, university entrance requirements, and other professional designations.

With over 2.2 million tests taken last year, IELTS is the world's most popular English proficiency test for higher education and global migration, and sets the standard for integrity, research and innovation.

IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. 

IELTS Online

Take the IELTS test with confidence: With detailed lessons, tips, full practice tests and answers, IELTS Online has everything you need to prepare for the IELTS test. 

Discount code: You can get a 20% discount off the cost of your test! You simply need to enter VUW20 on the enrolment page, then click update.

Writing Assist

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