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When you’re embarking on your academic journey, picking the right English proficiency test isn’t just a box to check - it’s a crucial step on your path to success. An internationally recognised test like IELTS is more than just a test. It’s trusted globally to open doors to new opportunities.

Worldwide, many renowned universities trust and accept IELTS as proof of English proficiency. Beyond studies, IELTS scores are recognised in professional fields and for immigration purposes worldwide. This broad recognition means that whether you’re applying for a job or a visa, IELTS opens doors.

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Why choose IELTS over others?

IELTS is the most recognised English test because of its fair and high quality testing. It’s trusted by over 12,000 organisations in more than 140 countries worldwide. 

Of course, there are other English tests available, but it's worth noting that all leading universities and professional bodies accept IELTS, underscoring our test's unmatched quality and trustworthiness. Our reputation is built on rigorous standards and widespread recognition.

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Employers and professional associations around the world also rely on IELTS to help them select the right people. For example, if you want to become a teacher in New Zealand, you must register with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa New Zealand. As part of the application process, you will have to submit evidence of English proficiency and the IELTS Academic test or IELTS One Skill Retake test results are eligible for registration.

It’s important to choose a trusted English test like IELTS. Requirements may change but IELTS remains the benchmark when it comes to English proficiency tests, making it the trusted standard.

Consistent and clear requirements

IELTS has always been clear and straightforward. Top universities in New Zealand stick to a consistent minimum IELTS score of 6.0 for undergraduate degrees, and IELTS is accepted by 100% of New Zealand universities.

Some degrees and courses have specific English language requirements. Even for all these courses, IELTS the only test that is always accepted. These include:

University of Waikato

  • Bachelor of Nursing (BNurs) and Master of Nursing Practice (MNursPrac)

  • IELTS Academic overall score of 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in any band) are required.

  • All other tests will be considered on a case-to-case basis.

University of Otago

  • Law: Master of Law (LLM) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

  • Social work: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Master of Social and Community Work (Applied)

  • For these select courses, only IELTS and TOEFL scores are listed as recognised English language tests.

Auckland University of Technology

  • According to the AUT website:
    “Due to professional registration requirements, IELTS is the required English test for most health science degrees. It’s also the preferred English test for all other AUT qualifications.”

  • Health science programmes require an IELTS test result to demonstrate English language proficiency.

University of Auckland

  • According to the UoA website:
    “Every programme page on our website specifies an IELTS (Academic) score as the minimum English-language requirement for that programme.”

  • The university website also lists Approved English proficiency tests equivalent to IELTS (Academic); however, some programmes only accept an IELTS test due to professional registration requirements.

Massey University

  • Bachelor of Nursing

  • IELTS (Academic) is the only English test accepted.

  • You must have achieved at least 6.5 across all bands with no band less than 6.5 within the preceding two years.

With IELTS, your results are recognised and accepted. It’s trusted by universities, making it the most reliable choice for you.

By choosing IELTS, you have clear goals to work towards for each skill, which can be used to apply for different universities across the world. This way, you know exactly what you need to aim for - no last-minute surprises or confusing changes that can throw you off your game.

Setting You Up for Success with IELTS

IELTS is designed to help you succeed, not just to test your skills. Each of the four sections - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking - has clear band scores and test format, making the preparation easy and focused. Through preparation, you’ll be able to improve your English proficiency and acquire transferrable life-long skills that you can use to prepare you for study or work.

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IELTS offers a wide range of official preparation resources, including many that are available for free. Explore IELTS Prepare for everything from practice tests to videos and webinars, providing you with tailored learning tools for each skill, so you're well-prepared to hit your target scores.

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If you need to improve on one part of the test, you can retake just that section through the IELTS One Skill Retake (OSR) - no need to sit a full test again like you’d need to with other tests.

With IELTS, the Speaking test feels more like a real conversation. You’ll talk to a human examiner who understands and accepts different accents and can clarify questions without rushing you.

Choosing IELTS is to choose a widely trusted standard, unlike other tests that have ambiguous or unclear requirements. For aspiring students and professionals like you, IELTS is all you need to study, work, or migrate internationally.

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Published on June 11, 2024

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