IELTS Testing in Hamilton and Tauranga

The award-winning University of Waikato IELTS Centre is based in Hamilton and also tests off-site in Tauranga. IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication. IELTS is recognised by universities and employers in many countries including New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA. It is also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.

IELTS is offered in two test formats.
The Academic format is suitable for candidates planning to undertake higher education study or who are seeking professional registration.
The General Training format is suitable for candidates planning to undertake non-academic training, work experience, or for immigration purposes.

  • IELTS is the International English Language Testing System, the world’s proven English language test.
  • IELTS was one of the pioneers of four skills English language testing over 30 years ago, and continues to set the standard for English language testing today.
  • IELTS is accepted as evidence of English language proficiency by over 11,000 organisations worldwide. Last year, more than 3.5 million tests were taken globally.
  • IELTS is recognised as a secure, valid and reliable indicator of true-to-life ability to communicate in English for education, immigration and professional accreditation.
  • IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment through more than 900 test centres and locations in over 130 countries.

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Applying for the IELTS test

Applications are now completed online through the IELTS website for both Hamilton and Tauranga. Applications close two days before the test date or earlier if all available places are sold. To apply for the IELTS test you must provide:

  • A photocopy of your passport details and signature pages
  • The Test Fee*


* Test Fee (Hamilton) NZ$ 395
* Test Fee (Tauranga)NZ$ 425
Enquiry on Results (EOR) NZ$ 230
Test Cancellation NZ$ 85
Absence on the test date No refund
Extra copies of your results Free if requested on the application form (NZ$20 if requested after the test date)

*Download a Credit Card Approval Form You will receive confirmation of your IELTS test date and time approximately 10 days prior to the test. For the application process and on the test day you must have your passport with you. For further information contact the IELTS office.

Please check your IELTS requirements with your intended organisation/institution before booking for a test.

IELTS test results

Results for each test are available 13 days after the test. These will be posted online or you can collect your results from the IELTS Office (University of Waikato College) before 1 pm (13 calendar days after the test). You will receive only one copy of your test result, but you can apply for additional copies.

Enquiry on Results (EOR)

You can ask for one component of your test or all four to be remarked (Listening, Reading, Writing or Speaking) by filling out an EOR Request Form and emailing it to [email protected] You must ask within six weeks of your test date. The cost is $230 and the remark may take up to 3 weeks to process. If your test score changes then a full refund of your remark fee is given.

Hamilton IELTS test

Tests are conducted on the University of Waikato campus,  LAIN Building. The listening, reading and writing tests are taken together. The speaking test is usually on the same day but can be Friday evening.

Tauranga IELTS tests

Tests are conducted on the University of Waikato Tauranga campus, The Hub, Level 1, 101 Durham Street.

ID requirements

On the day of your test, you must bring your passport or you will not be able to sit the IELTS test. The passport must be valid and not expired. We will only accept original passports and not photocopies or other forms of ID.

Transfer, cancellation and refund policy

If you want to cancel your test (with a full refund) or transfer your test date (free of charge), you must give us at least 14 days notice before the test. If you cancel your test within 13 days before the test, there is a cancellation fee of $85.

You will not receive any refund if you cancel your test 3 days before the test unless there is a valid reason. Valid reasons include serious illness or bereavement. In this case, we can transfer your test date to a later date. You can choose a new date within three months of the original test date to sit the test again. Complete the downloadable form here.

If you are absent on test day without a valid reason, you will not receive a refund of your test fee. Please read IELTS policies on "Cancellations, refunds and transfers" at

IELTS complaints and feedback process

If any aspect of your IELTS experience with us has not gone the way you expected, the first step is to contact us as soon as possible. We want to hear from you when you feel we haven’t met your needs, as complaints or feedback help us to improve our products, services, and test takers’ experience. We strive to resolve any area of dissatisfaction or complaint that you have in a fair and timely manner. All complaints and feedback will be dealt with in line with our policies.

If you want to make a complaint on test day, we encourage you to make your complaint on the day of your test or before the results are released. You can fill out a complaint form and email it to us at [email protected].

Contact us

Physical Address:
University of Waikato
University of Waikato College
LAIN building (Map)
Gate 1, Knighton Road,
Hamilton, New Zealand

Phone: +64 7 858 5607 or +64 7 858 5600 (reception)

Email: [email protected]