Choose a non-academic English test for migration. 

Why take an Academic test when you don't need to? The IELTS General Training test examines your English using every-day, non-academic English, and is accepted for migration, secondary education and work experience in New Zealand.* In New Zealand, you can take the IELTS General Training test on paper or on computerexternal icon

*Always check with your migration agent, education consultant or workplace to find out which IELTS test you need. 

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IELTS for Migration to New Zealand 

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. 

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Free IELTS General Training practice material

  • We have the largest range of IELTS General Training test preparation online. Access a free IELTS General Training online module for 30 days when you book your test. Find out howexternal icon

  • Practise completing IELTS General Training tasks under test conditions. Review your answers to model answers and gain valuable test practice experience with these free practice testsexternal icon

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What's the difference between IELTS Academic Writing and IELTS General Training Writing?

There are two tests available: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The test you choose should be based on what it is you want to do. The Academic test is usually for entry into university. General training is used for migration purposes. If you’re not sure, read more about which IELTS test you should take.


The Writing section is 60 minutes for both the IELTS Academic and General Training.


Each includes two tasks: Task 1 is a minimum 150 words. Then, Task 2 is a minimum 250 words. For IELTS Academic, Task 1 is writing about a table, graph, chart or diagram. Task 2 is an essay. For General Training, Task 1 is writing a letter, and Task 2 is an essay.

How to master IELTS General with Jay from E2 and IELTS Expert Rocco Nigro

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