International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

IELTS is the world's most popular high stakes English language test. It is the test that opens doors to a world of academic and professional opportunity in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, USA and many other places around the world where English is a language in the workplace or the classroom. IELTS testing at Massey University is managed by IDP: IELTS Australia.

Both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training cover all four language skills, Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.  

Why choose IELTS?

  • Worldwide recognition from over 9,000 organisations, in over 140 countries
  • Developed by international experts to remain fair and unbiased for any candidates regardless of nationality, background or gender
  • Individual face-to-face speaking testing with an examiner
  • A range of test locations and dates within New Zealand to suit you

IELTS Preparation Course

What is the IELTS Preparation Course?

Massey University’s Centre for Professional and Continuing Education holds an intensive part-time IELTS Preparation Course for professionals who need to register in their profession in New Zealand and for migrants who require IELTS for immigration purposes. The course is also designed for international students who need to increase their IELTS score for entrance to New Zealand universities. 

The courses are offered each month before the monthly IELTS tests at the Massey Auckland and Wellington campuses.

Preparation for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) covers practice and techniques for sitting the reading, writing, listening and speaking tests. Many IELTS students have found the training very useful in learning practical ideas for sitting the test. 

Location, Duration and Cost

Current IELTS Preparation Courses

Tutor profiles

Richard Scott - Massey University IELTS Tutor

Richard has been teaching English in both Japan and New Zealand for nearly 30 years and has taught a wide variety of students during this time.  Richard is a certified IELTS tutor for Massey University in Auckland.   Outside of work Richard enjoys cooking, travelling and riding his classic Japanese motorcycles.  Richard says the most rewarding part of his job is seeing in a student's eyes when you have connected with them in the classroom and whatever language point you are teaching is understood and seeing a student express themselves in a new language. 

Marianne Vacher - Massey university IELTS Tutor

Marianne has many years of experience teaching students in Europe and New Zealand. She currently teaches ESOL at Massey University to International student groups and is a certified tutor for IELTS.  Outside of work, she enjoys playing the guitar, bass and drums with her friends in a band and exploring the countryside on her Honda VFR800 motorbike. Marianne says the best part of her job is helping people gain confidence to communicate in a new language and achieve their goals, this is very rewarding and a challenge that she continues to enjoy. 


Take the IELTS test

Stage 1: Online registration, test dates and locations

To complete the online registration process, you will need:

  • A colour copy of your valid passport
  • A valid credit or debit card (payment is required at the end of the registration process)

Test dates and locations

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Stage 2: Study materials and assistance

Study materials

IELTS study guides are available to purchase online or direct from our test centres. Available guides include:

  • Top Tips for Academic
  • Top Tips for General Training
  • Official IELTS Practice Materials

The cost for each guide is NZD$42.00 (including GST) and includes a CD-Rom 

Masterclass Webinars

To get ready for test day, IDP Education now offers free 90-minute online Masterclass sessions that will help you:

  • Understand what examiners are looking for
  • Get practical tips on how to enhance your English language skills
  • Find out the most common mistakes to avoid
  • Get a detailed understanding of the assessment criteria

Find out more about IELTS Masterclass.

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Assist banner all modules2016 To improve your IELTS test performance, you can get help in three core areas of English:

  • writing
  • speaking and
  • reading.

Find out more about IELTS Assist.

IELTS Essentials

For information on how to prepare for your test, visit the IELTS Essentials website.

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Customer Connect

IELTS Customer Connect team provide fast and friendly online customer service.

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Stage 3: Results and re-marking


Your results will be available 13 days after your test.  You can arrange to collect your results or they will be posted to you.  If you would like to collect your results, you must bring your passport as a form of identification.

Results will also be available online.  To access these, you will need to provide your name, passport number, date of birth and the date of your test.

Re-marking / Enquiry on Results (EOR)

If you wish to query your test results, please contact the IELTS test centre within six weeks of your test date to apply for a re-mark. Your request will be sent to a senior examiner based in Australia who will issue the final result.  Please note:

  • This process costs NZD$225.00 (inc GST) and can take up to six weeks to process
  • If you request a re-mark, your result cannot decrease.
  • If there is an increase in your results, you will be issued with a new original copy of your results and eligible for a full refund.
  • If there is no change to your results, you will not be eligible for a refund and your original test results form will be returned to you

To apply

  1. Send in your original test report form
  2. To complete the payment online - please click here
  3. Complete this Enquiry on results request form IELTS Enquiry On Results Form


Frequently asked questions

Is there any additional Information for Candidates?

Yes you can view the Information for Candidates here:

Information for Candidates Booklet (1,059 KB)

Yes, we also have translated versions of Information for Candidates available below:

Information for Candidates - Chinese

Information for Candidates - Arabic

Information for Candidates - Korean

How do I apply for a refund?

If you cannot sit the test on the date that you applied for you must advise us as soon as possible.  If it is less than five weeks to your test date, you will not be refunded.  If it is more than five weeks to your test date, we will refund the amount paid and deduct NZD$80.00 as an administration fee.

To apply for a refund, please contact the IELTS test centre.

How do I cancel my test?

To cancel your test, please contact the IELTS test centre as soon as possible.  Please refer to the refund tab above for more information.

How can I see if there are still spaces available?

Please choose your test location.  The dates you can see on this page are currently available for booking.

How do I make a complaint?

If you would like to make a complaint, you need to do so on the day of your test and complete a complaint form which will be provided by the IELTS test supervisor.  Any complaints made after the release of test results will not be accepted.  Any complaint made by a candidate about the administration of the test will be recorded using the complaint form for candidates.  

How much does it cost?

The fee to sit the IELTS test is NZD$385.00 The fee to sit the IELTS test in New Plymouth is NZD$415.00

How long is the test?

Tests are held on Saturday and Thursday.  The Speaking tests can happen on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday morning, and Listening, Reading and Writing happen in the afternoon. Please allow a full day to complete all tests and administration. Breaks will be provided throughout the day.

What do I need to bring?

You must bring your valid, original passport on test day.  We cannot accept any other forms of ID, or copies of your passport. You may also bring a drink in a transparent bottle.  We provide all paper and pens and pencils on test day. It is a long day so you will need to provide for your own lunch.

Can I receive additional copies of my online test results?

The testing fee of NZD$385.00 includes one personal/physical copy of the Test Report Form.

You can have copies of your Test Report Form automatically sent to up to five institutions free of charge when filling in the Recognising Organisations section of your test online registration.  

Please complete the form below to request any additional Test Report Forms if required 5 weeks after your test.

Request for Additional Test Report Forms

If you have lost your Test Report Form or it has been damaged, please contact the test centre about a replacement copy.

Any additional copies will incur a NZD$10.00 administration charge.  To complete the payment online, please click here.

When will I get my results?

You will receive your test results 13 days after the test date. You may also preview your test results online at the same time.

What if I don't have my passport?

You must have your valid original passport on test day. If you know you will not have your passport please choose a different test date. Any concerns please contact your test centre prior to your test date.

Where are the IELTS offices located?

There are IELTS offices based on the Auckland and Palmerston North campuses, their addresses are:

IELTS Palmerston North

Colombo Village, Massey University

Room 4.07, Building 4

Palmerston North

0800 MASSEY (0800 627 739)

IELTS Auckland

Massey University, Building 111

Gate 4, Hokowhitu Place

Albany, Auckland

0800 MASSEY (0800 627 739)

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