Te Pokapū Whkamātau o IELTS IELTS Examination Centre

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IELTS is the International English Language Testing System that assess the language ability of people who want to study or work where English is the primary language.

IELTS is recognised and accepted by over 9,000 organisations worldwide, including universities, employers, professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies. IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP:IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

IELTS examination dates 2016

Month Date Module
October October 22 Academic
November November 5 Academic
  November 19 Academic and General
December December 3 Academic and General
  December 10 Academic and General

IELTS examination dates 2017

January January 12 Academic
  January 21 Academic and General
February February 11 Academic and General
  February 25 Academic
March March 25 Academic and General
April April 22 Academic and General
  April 29 Academic and General
May May 6 Academic
  May 20 Academic
June June 3 Academic and General
  June 17 Academic
July July 8 Academic and General
  July 20 Academic and General
August August 12 Academic
  August 19 Academic and General
September September 16 Academic
  September 30 Academic and General
October October 28 Academic and General
November November 11 Academic and General
  November 25 Academic 
December December 2 Academic and General
  December 9 Academic 

The Examination fee for IELTS is NZ$385

Academic or General Trading Module

There are two IELTS modules to choose from:

IELTS Academic

This module is for those who want to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, and for those seeking professional registration.

IELTS General Training

This module is for those who want to migrate to an English-speaking country (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK) and for those wishing to train or study at below degree level.

Note: before registering for an IELTS test, check with the organisation that has asked you to take the test which module you need to select.

How To Book An IELTS Test

To sit an IELTS test, you need to make a booking online. You can use any computer with internet access to make your booking.  If you don't have access to a computer please contact the IELTS Office from 9:00am until 3:00pm to arrange a time to come into Ara and do the booking from one of our computers.

IELTS Exam Dates

  • The exam is usually on a Saturday afternoon and will take about four hours.
  • Your interview may be scheduled any day of the week before the exam. If you live outside Christchurch, your interview will be scheduled on the morning of your exam day.
  • Letters containing information about exam day are sent out one week before your interview day. Please read these carefully. The letter will advise your interview time, tell you where to go and what to bring.
  • Carparking is available around the campus on the day.

IELTS Preparation Courses


After taking your IELTS exam you can view your provisional results on the IELTS website. Please note the preview of your IELTS result cannot be used as official confirmation of your test result.

Your official result is available online approximately 13 days after your test date and will remain available until 28 days afterwards (for 15 days total).

If you are unhappy with your exam results you may request a re-mark on any or all of the exam areas. You must request a re-mark within six weeks of the exam date or four weeks from the day the results are issued.

If you are living in Christchurch you will need to collect your IELTS results from Central Academic Records in room N118 at the City campus. You'll need to bring your passport and candidate number to collect your results.

If you live outside of Christchurch or are returning to your home country, your results will be posted to you. Please ensure the address we have is your correct postal address.

Cancellations, Refunds and Transfers

If illness or a serious cause prevents you from taking your exam on the booked date, you may be may be able to transfer to another exam date or receive a refund.

To receive a refund or to qualify for a transfer, you must satisfy the administrator that your ability to sit the test was affected by illness or serious cause. Serious causes include:

  • illness – e.g. hospital admission, serious injury or illness (does not include minor illness such as a mild cold)
  • bereavement – death of a close family member
  • hardship/trauma – victim of crime, victim of a traffic accident
  • military service


To request a refund you must submit an application within five working days of the test date. You will need to complete a Request for Refund Form and attach relevant documentation and/or evidence. Acceptable documents include a medical certificate from a qualified medical practitioner, a death certificate or a police report. Statutory declarations and certificates signed by family members are not acceptable.

The administrator will advise you within one week of lodging the application whether or not your request has been approved. If your application for a refund is approved, the centre will refund your test fee, however a $50 administration fee will be deducted.


If your application is approved, you must select a test date within the next three-month period. This will be approved by the administrator, depending on availability for the selected test date. There may be limited availability for test dates in the first five-week period. If you wish to transfer to a test date more than three months away, you should apply for a refund and then re-apply for the test.

Test Day Information

Schedule for the Day

Below is an example of a schedule for a typical test day:

  • 8:00am – Registration for speaking tests begin.
  • 8.20am – First speaking tests start.
  • 12.30pm – Registration for writing tests begin.
  • 1:00pm – The listening test commences, followed by the reading and writing sections of the test. This takes three hours (with no break).

During the test your identity will be confirmed and you will be asked to check and confirm your personal details. You are required to check your details carefully and confirm any changes on test day as these details will appear on your Test Report Form.

Your finger scan and photo will be captured on test day. Your test day photo will be used on your Test Report Form.


IELTS registration and tests are held at the City Campus on Madras Street.

Ara has a large campus, and we recommend that you allow yourself plenty of time to locate the building and room before your test. Signs will be in place from 8am.

What to bring:

  • Passport for registration (if you cannot satisfy staff of your identity you will not be allowed to take the test)
  • Pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener
  • Clear water bottle, with the labels removed
  • Food to have during the lunch break

Do not bring:

  • Valuable items (a bag room is available during the exam however Ara does not take responsibility for your personal belongings)

Contact details

Phone(03) 940 8050
Fax(03) 940 8674
View website


Registration can be made at Admissions and Enrolments, Rakaia Centre, Madras Street Campus