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New Zealand has stunning countryside and clean air. You’ll find friendly students, safe schools and a modern education system. Plus, the Kiwi lifestyle makes New Zealand a favourite place for overseas qualified teachers.

Teaching registration and IELTS

You’ve completed your teacher education qualification overseas and want to be registered and gain a practising certificate (or be granted a Limited Authority to Teach). If this is you, chances are you need to meet the Education Council’s language requirementsexternal icon. IELTS is accepted by more than 11,000 organisations globally, including the Teaching Council of New Zealand, and is the most trusted test of English in the world. 

It’s the best test to demonstrate your language skills to get a qualified teacher in New Zealand. 

Preparing for your test 

We know it can be challenging to take a high-stakes test like IELTS. The good news is we have a range of free and paid material to give you feedback from official IELTS experts on your progress. This can help you focus your preparationexternal icon.

Submitting multiple IELTS test results

The Teaching Council of New Zealand requests an IELTS band score of 7.0 in all four components (writing, reading, listening and speaking) for some applicants. 

Here is something that you may not be aware of: you can submit multiple test results. As long as you have a minimum score of 7 in each respective area of the test, this can be achieved across multiple tests. Let’s look at some examples: 

On your first attempt you get three band 7s and a band 6.5 in listening. In your second test, you achieve a Band 7 in listening. You can add these two tests together and submit them. This would be considered an acceptable ‘pass’ by the Education Council of New Zealand. 

Or, earlier this year you sat a paper-based IELTS test and got a 7.5 for Listening and an 8.0 for Speaking. Your Reading and Writing were both 6.5. After a bit of practice, you booked a computer-delivered IELTS test. Now you increased your Writing and Reading scores to 7.0 in your second IELTS test. You can combine both results and meet the English language requirements of the Education Council of New Zealand.

Time frame of submitting your IELTS results

If you need to combine your IELTS test results from two (or more tests), then the IELTS tests must all take place within two years of submission of results to the Teaching Council. 

IELTS is available at more than 1,100 test centres globally, including over 10 test venues in New Zealand. We know getting the results you need is important. That’s why IELTS is not only is the most respected test of English in the world, but we also offer you more free practice material than any other language test. IELTS services are designed to help you succeed.

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If you’re looking at registering as an overseas teacher in New Zealand, book your IELTS test now

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