Waikato Pathways College

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.

 7 September 2019
 2 November 2019
 14 September 2019  23 November 2019
 28 September 2019  30 November 2019
 12 October 2019  7 December 2019
 26 October 2019  14 December 2019


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.

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.

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.

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)

Email: ieltsnz022@waikato.ac.nz

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