International English Language Testing System

Find out about the International English Language Testing System at the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

The application process for IELTS is now online - this includes online payment of the test fee. Please note that your test place is not guaranteed until payment has been completed.

Book your IELTS test at our Wellington venue online (online test fee of NZ$385)

Book your IELTS test at our Nelson venue online (online test fee of NZ$405)

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

Warning of scam advertisements!

Advertisements on a number of social media sites claim to provide services for IELTS test takers, such as registering for IELTS, collection of results and making arrangements for a re-mark of the test. 

We advise all potential IELTS test takers to avoid using such services that are not directly affiliated to IELTS.

You will be able to check your results on on the 13th day after you have taken your test. Online results are usually available by 6pm NZ time. All IELTS Official test centres will post your Test Report Form to you, or you can pick it up in person, once the result is released. Please contact your nearest IELTS test centre for any support that you may require.

If you have any questions or would like to report a scam advertisement please contact your nearest IELTS test centre or email

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 an IELTS Online practice materials package! You simply need to enter VUW20 on the enrolment page, then click update.

Other preparation and study materials are available through our Study Materials/Preparation page.


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's Kelburn campus.

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.

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