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Begin your journey to New Zealand with IELTS

IELTS is accepted by more than 12,000 organisations in over 140 countries globally and is the most respected test of English in the world.

If you want to migrate to New Zealand or work in New Zealand for a while, with IELTS, you know that your score can help you with a New Zealand work visa, study visa or Permanent Residency. We’re here to help you get the score you need.

Book IELTS for your visa

Your visa options

If you like the opportunity to live, study or work in New Zealand, there are many visa options available to you. There is a study visa, skilled, sponsored work visa and business visa. Some of these may lead to Permanent Residency (PR) in New Zealand. Find the New Zealand visa most likely to meet your specific circumstances here or access free student visa services.

Full list of New Zealand Visas and IELTS Scores

Your IELTS options

The IELTS Academic test has been developed if you wish to study at a university or college as an undergraduate or postgraduate student or join or gain entry into a professional institution. 
The IELTS General Training test has been developed to test your every-day, non-academic English.

Which IELTS test do you need?

IELTS for native English speakers

For most New Zealand visas, you must be able to meet the English eligibility criteria at the time you apply for the visa. Sometimes, citizens or holders of a valid passport from Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, or the United States are exempted from providing an English language proficiency test.

However, if you’re a native speaker and still need to show you’re proficient in English, find out how you need to prepare for your IELTS test. We even offer a free IELTS Masterclass that is designed to help you in your ability to reach a high band score.

Register for a free IELTS Masterclass

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Native English speakers have unique IELTS preparation needs, different from those with English as a second language.

Why IELTS is the trusted choice

35 years of English testing experience. More than 4 million tests taken worldwide.

Worldwide Recognition

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  • list?.image?.titleIELTS is used around the world for a variety of purposes, including for work, study, and migration.
  • list?.image?.titleIELTS is the only test recognised by select professional industries for registration.

Your IELTS, your choice

  • list?.image?.titleThere are two IELTS tests to choose from, depending on your needs – IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training.
  • list?.image?.titleChoose which format you’re more comfortable with – IELTS on paper or IELTS on computer.
  • list?.image?.titleIf you are planning to take an English test for the UK, you can take IELTS UKVI or IELTS Life Skills A1 or B1.

IELTS One Skill Retake

  • list?.image?.titleIELTS is the only major English test to offer One Skill Retake.
  • list?.image?.titleRetake one skill of the IELTS test without having to take a full test to improve your score.

Face-to-face Speaking test

  • list?.image?.titleSpeak with a human examiner in the IELTS Speaking test, in a private and quiet room, so you can focus more.
  • list?.image?.titleYour examiner can slow down, repeat and clarify questions, and won’t ‘time out’ on you.

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IELTS Assist and Coaching

Practise your IELTS skills and receive personalised feedback and expert coaching to improve your IELTS band score.