IELTS test information

Learn about the International English Language Testing System tests administered by the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies in Wellington.

The School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies has administered IELTS in Wellington since 1991 and is the longest running IELTS Test Centre in New Zealand. The test assesses candidates' readiness to study or train in the medium of English and is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.

This test examines all four parts of the English language: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

For more information on the IELTS Test and tips on how to prepare, please refer to the Information for Candidates Booklet.

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What you need on the day of your IELTS test

  • your passport (photocopies and verified copies will not be accepted)
  • water in a transparent bottle (if required)

No other items can be taken into the test room and we cannot take responsibility for them. Do not bring valuables. Cellphones and other recording devices cannot be taken into the test room. Pencils, erasers and sharpeners will be provided.

Test day format

These times are a guide only. Please make allowances for unforeseen delays.

Speaking test

Your speaking test will be held between 8:30am and 12:00pm on test day.

You will be allocated a 11 to 14 minute interview during this time. Please ensure that you bring your passport and arrive 20 minutes before your allocated test time.

ID checks (12:40pm - 1pm)

Keep your passport ready at the photo page so the invigilator can check this easily. You will need to scan your finger (normally the right-index finger) during this process. Please put your bags and cellphones away in the designated storage room before 12.40pm.

Listening test (1:00pm - 2:00pm)

The Listening test will take 40 minutes. We must allow for 10 minutes each for announcements and distribution/collection of papers at either end of the test. You cannot go to the toilet during the Listening test.

Reading test (2:00pm - 3:15pm)

This test will take 1 hour. There will be no breaks between tests. You are only allowed to go to the toilet within the first 50 minutes of the actual test, on your own time. Only 1 person is allowed to go to the toilet at a time. You must raise your hand to do so and must be accompanied by an invigilator. We have allowed for 7 to 8 minutes either side of this test for announcements, distribution and collection of papers.

Writing test (3:15pm - 4:30pm)

The Writing test starts immediately after the Reading test and will take 1 hour. There will be no breaks. You must stay in the test room until the end of the writing test, even if you finish early. You are only allowed to go to the toilet within the first 50 minutes of the actual test. Only 1 person is allowed to go to the toilet at a time. You must raise your hand to do so and must be accompanied by an invigilator. We have allowed for 7 to 8 minutes either side of this test for announcements, distribution and collection of papers.

Security and whistleblower policy

If you uncover a scam or know about cheating related to an IELTS test, please report it.

Read more about IELTS security