University of Waikato College

IELTS Testing in Hamilton and Tauranga

University of Waikato College is an approved IELTS test centre for those who require a recognised English language test as evidence of English language proficiency. IELTS 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.

IELTS is the International English Language Testing System. The award-winning IELTS test centre at the University of Waikato organises a number of test dates on both Hamilton and Tauranga campuses throughout the year.

IELTS is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication.

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.

You can take the IELTS both in Hamilton and Tarunga. For a list of test dates, click here.

You can apply for your test online for Hamilton and Taranga.

On 1 July 2021, the IELTS test fees will increase to NZD$ 395.00 (for the Hamilton venue) and NZD$ 425.00 (for the Waikato Tauranga Campus venue). The new test fees will only apply to test bookings made from 1 July 2021. Any test paid prior to 1 July will not be subject to the fee change.

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.

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 University of Waikato 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.

Hamilton and Tauranga 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.

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


University of Waikato
University of Waikato 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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