IELTS test information

Learn about the International English Language Testing System tests administered by the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies in Wellington.

The School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies has administered IELTS in Wellington since 1991, and is the longest running IELTS Test Centre in New Zealand. The test assesses candidates' readiness to study or train in the medium of English and is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.

This test examines all four parts of the English language: listening, speaking, reading and writing.

For more information on the IELTS Test and tips on how to prepare, please refer to the Information for Candidates Booklet.

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We also have some tests each year that take place at Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT), Nelson. You can view the available test dates at NMIT here.

What you need on the day of your IELTS test

  • your passport (photocopies and verified copies will not be accepted)
  • water in a transparent bottle (if required)

Pens and pencils will be provided. No other items can be taken into the test room and we cannot take responsibility for them. Do not bring valuables. Cell phones cannot be taken into the test room.

Test day format

Please note: These times are a guide only, please make allowances for delays.

Speaking test

Your speaking test may be held on either the Thursday, Friday or Saturday of test week, depending upon when you booked your test.

In Wellington, Saturday speaking tests are normally held between 8.00 am and 12 noon. Friday speaking tests are normally held between 9.00 am and 1.00 pm. Thursday speaking tests are normally held between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm.

In Nelson, Saturday speaking tests are normally held between 8.00 am and 12 noon. Friday speaking tests are normally held between 12 noon and 5.00 pm.

You will be allocated a 15 minute interview during this time. Please ensure that you bring your passport and arrive 20 minutes before your speaking test time.

ID checks, 12.30pm - 12.50pm

We will endeavour to finish the tests on time at 4.00pm however the ID checks may take a long time depending on how many people bring personal belongings.

Listening test, 1.00pm - 1.40pm

The Listening test will take 40 minutes. We will play a CD for you to listen to while you answer the questions.

Reading test, 1.50pm - 2.50pm

The Reading test starts immediately after the Listening test and will take 1 hour. There will be no breaks.

Writing test, 3.00pm - 4.00pm

The Writing test starts immediately after the Reading test and will take 1 hour. There will be no breaks. You must stay in the test room until the end of the writing test, even if you finish early.

Security and whistleblower policy

If you uncover a scam or know about cheating related to an IELTS test please report it.

Read more about IELTS security