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Tip 1: Understand the required score for your visa

When you’re thinking of migrating to New Zealand on a temporary visa or a permanent visa such as the Skilled Migrant Category Resident Visa or any other permanent visa, you may have to meet Immigration New Zealand's English language requirements. Some visas require you to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) and meet English requirements.

Immigration New Zealand trusts and accepts IELTS as proof of English language proficiency for all visa categories. In fact, IELTS is the only test accepted by all immigration authorities of Australia, the UK, New Zealand and Canada.

Read the English language tests requirements for New Zealand Visas

Tip 2: IELTS Progress Check

Maybe you’ve never done an English test before. Or it’s been a while since your last IELTS test. Either way, you should start with IELTS Progress Check. It’s our official, computer-based IELTS practice tests that are assessed and scored by official IELTS markers. You get an indicative band score and feedback on your performance. In this way, you may have a better idea of what you might score on a real test.

IELTS Progress Check

Tip 3: Prepare for your IELTS test

Even if English is your first language, or you consider yourself a native speaker, you should still practise for the IELTS before taking it. Our free IELTS Masterclasses are designed to help you target an advanced level of English. You’ll get tips on how to achieve a higher score. We’ll explain the marking criteria and help you avoid mistakes. 

We also have an IELTS Study Plan. Whether you’re new or familiar to IELTS, let us help you to get the IELTS score you need. We’ll guide you with the best preparation material.

Tip 4: Get some extra help from an official IELTS coach

'Practice makes perfect' is a well-known idiom which means that it is possible to learn something or develop a skill if you practise enough (if you’re interested in other idioms, check this). One way to increase your skills in a certain area of the IELTS test is by getting feedback on your performance. Reach out to your nearest IELTS test centre to see what additional help they can provide for your test preparation.

Tip 5: Book an IELTS test

IELTS offers you a choice: you can book IELTS on computer, or IELTS on paper. And, if you need to to a test for your New Zealand visa, you may also be able to take IELTS General Training.

We asked IELTS test takers about their experience with computer-delivered IELTS. 90% of test takers at IDP IELTS Melbourne found the IELTS on computer easier than IELTS on paper. Take advantage of having multiple test session options a day and receiving results in 3-5 days. Get to know IELTS on computer

Book IELTS for your visa now