IELTS test centre

IELTS testing at Waikato Pathways College

Waikato Pathways College is an approved IELTS test centre for those who require a recognised English language test as evidence of English language proficiency. You can apply to take the test through the IELTS website.

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. Visit the IELTS website to find out more about the test.

About the test

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 25 years ago, and continues to set the standard for English language testing today
  • IELTS is accepted as evidence of English language proficiency by over 8,000 organisations worldwide. Last year, more than 2 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

You can apply to take the test through the IELTS website. Applications close two days before the test date. See below for a list of upcoming dates.

  • Upcoming test dates
    January February March April
    11 January 2020 1 February 2020 7 March 2020 4 April 2020
    18 January 2020 22 February 2020 14 March 2020 18 April 2020
        21 March 2020  
    May June July August
    16 May 2020 13 June 2020 11 July 2020 8 August 2020
    30 May 2020 20 June 2020 18 July 2020 22 August 2020
        25 July 2020  
    September October November December
    5 September 2020 10 October 2020 7 November 2020 5 December 2020
    12 September 2020 31 October 2020 21 November 2020 12 December 2020
    26 September 2020   28 November 2020  
  • Fees
    Test Fee
    IELTS test  NZ $385
    Remark  NZ $230
    Postponement and cancellation  NZ $85
    Absence on test date  No refund
    Extra copies of your results   Free if requested on application form (NZ$20 if requested after test date)

    Transfer, cancellation and refund policy

    Tests may only be cancelled 5 weeks prior to the test date, unless there is a valid reason, such as serious illness or bereavement. You must inform the centre within 5 days of the test. If you cancel outside the 5 weeks period, there is an $85 cancellation fee. You may transfer to a new date as long as you have given 5 weeks to do this. The cost for a transfer is $85 NZD. You can choose a new date within 3 months of the original test date to sit the test again. If you are absent on the test day, without a valid reason, you will not receive a refund of your test fee.

  • Results

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

  • Additional information

    Hamilton IELTS Tests

    These tests are conducted on the University of Waikato campus. The listening, reading and writing tests are taken together. The speaking test is usually on the same day.

    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.

  • Contact us

    To find out more about the IELTS testing centre at Waikato Pathways College, you can contact us:


    University of Waikato
    Waikato Pathways College
    LAIN Building Gate 1
    Knighton Road
    Hamilton, New Zealand

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


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