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 10,000 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.
Our opening hours are: Monday to Thursday, 9am-3pm or Friday, 9am-12pm.
IELTS examination dates 2019
|December||Saturday December 7||Academic and General|
IELTS examination dates 2020
|January||Saturday January 11||Academic and General|
|Saturday January 18||Academic and General|
|February||Saturday February 1||Academic and General|
|Thursday February 13||Academic and General|
|March||Saturday March 7||Academic and General|
|Saturday March 21||Academic and General|
|April||Saturday April 4||Academic and General|
|Saturday April 18||Academic and General|
|May||Saturday May 9||Academic|
|Saturday May 30||Academic and General|
|June||Saturday June 13||Academic and General|
|Saturday June 20||Academic and General|
|July||Saturday July 11||Academic and General|
|Saturday July 25||Academic and General|
|August||Saturday August 8||Academic and General|
|Saturday August 22||Academic and General|
|September||Saturday September 12||Academic and General|
|Saturday September 26||Academic and General|
|October||Saturday October 10||Academic|
|Saturday October 31||Academic and General|
|November||Saturday November 7||Academic|
|Saturday November 21||Academic and General|
|Saturday November 28||Academic|
|December||Saturday December 5||Academic and General|
The Examination fee for IELTS is NZ$385
Academic or General Training Module
There are two IELTS modules to choose from:
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.
Information for candidates
This booklet contains important information to help you prepare for the IELTS test.
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
Prepare for your exams with our intensive English courses and Cambridge Examination Preparation classes.
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 provisional 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 an enquiry on your results on any or all of the exam areas. You must request an enquiry 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 builidng N room N118 at the City campus. You'll need to bring your passport and candidate number to collect your results. You may collect your results between 1:30 pm and 4:30 pm on the thirteenth day, or between 8:30 am and 4:30 pm on weekdays in the following weeks. See our Campus Map for directions (PDF 0.1MB).
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
- 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.
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 (only those who present passports will be able to take the test)
- HB 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)