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Book IELTS for the UK

IELTS for UKVI (IELTS for UKVI Academic and General, and IELTS Life Skills A1 and B1 tests) are currently only available in New Zealand in:

If you need an IELTS test for UK visa applications, you can only do so at approved test centres. These UKVI-approved test centres meet the administrative requirements outlined by the UK Home Office.

Make sure you select the correct "Test Type." If you are taking the IELTS for your UK visa application, you need to take the IELTS UKVI or the IELTS Life Skills tests.

Learn more about which test is right for your UK visa application.

Book IELTS for the UK

How to book your UKVI or Life Skills test

Step 1: Select your UKVI-approved test centre

In New Zealand, IELTS for UKVI tests (IELTS for UKVI Academic and General, and IELTS Life Skills A1 and B1) are currently only available at IDP IELTS Auckland.

Step 2: Choose the format that works for you

Depending on your UK visa needs, you may choose between the following tests:

  • IELTS UKVI Academic

  • IELTS UKVI General Training

  • IELTS Life Skills A1

  • IELTS Life Skills B1

Read more about IELTS for UK visa applications here.

Step 3: Pick a date & time for your IELTS test

Choose when you would like to take your IELTS test at a date and time that suit you best.

Step 4: Complete the online IELTS application

Fill out the details required in the application form and click submit.
Do not forget to upload a clear copy of your passport.

Step 5: Pay the application fee

In New Zealand, IELTS UKVI (Academic or General Training) costs $460 and IELTS Life Skills (A1 or B1) costs $360.

There are a few ways to pay for your IELTS test. Every test centre will have different payment options available. Generally you will be able to use the following payment methods available:

  • Bank card: Credit card / Debit card

  • PayPal

  • Alipay

You can choose to pay using a Visa or Mastercard debit or credit card. Make sure your card is valid and activated for online transactions.

Once you have completed all 5 steps, you will get an email or phone message confirming your IELTS test booking.

Prepare for your IELTS UKVI test

Download the free official sample tests to help you prepare for your IELTS UKVI Academic or General Training test.

Prepare for IELTS Life Skills

Download free official practice tests. Learn about the test format, and the types of tasks you will encounter.