School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The application process for IELTS is now online. However, you will still need to either provide us your payment information (either via phone or email) or come into the office to pay the fee. Please note that we cannot guarantee your test place until after your application is properly completed, the details checked, and payment is processed. If you do not come personally to the counter to arrange payment, then look for an email from us once the payment is processed as proof of your test place being secured.

Book your IELTS test at our Wellington venue online  (the test fee for Wellington is 385 dollars)

Book your IELTS test at our Nelson venue online (the test fee for Nelson is 405 dollars)
(You will need to contact to arrange payment for a Nelson test. You can phone Mary at 03-546 9175 ext 837)

You will need to upload a clear copy of your passport for online applications.

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 practice materials

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

IDP Education is proud to introduce its new product, Writing Assist, which offers test takers the ability to have an IELTS coach provide them with a personalised review of sample writing tasks that they complete. More information about the product can be found on the IELTS Writing Assist website.