IELTS Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to frequently asked questions about the International English Language Testing System.

How do I apply for the test?

You can apply for the test online. Visit our test dates section to view available test dates and to apply.

When is the next test?

You can find the dates for all our tests in our test dates section.

How much does it cost to sit the test?

The test fee for Wellington tests is 385 NZD, and for Nelson tests is 415 NZD.

Where is the test held?

The IELTS test is held at Victoria University of Wellington, Kelburn Campus. We also have some tests each year that take place at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) in Nelson. Upcoming dates for tests at both locations can be found in our test dates section.

How long does the test take?

You can find this information in our test information section.

When will I get my results?

Results are released 13 days after the test date. You can either have your results posted to you, or you can collect them from our office. Please remember to bring your passport (or acceptable photo ID) if you come to collect your results.

What if I don't have my passport?

You can apply for the test using a photocopy of your passport, however you must have your original passport for the test day. No passport, no test (certified copies are not accepted). If your passport is with Immigration, many candidates are able to borrow back their passport for the test day. You can find more information in our test information section.

If you do not have your passport you will need to provide an acceptable form of photo ID (NZ Driver's Licence, Student ID Card, Kiwi Access Card) when collecting your results.

Is there an IELTS preparation course?

Our test centre does not have a preparation course. You can find more information about preparing for the test in our practice materials section.