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Begin your journey to New Zealand with IELTS

IELTS is accepted at more than 11,000 organisations globally and is the most respected test of English in the world. If you want to migrate to New Zealand or work in New Zealand for a while, with IELTS, you know that your score can help you with a New Zealand work visa, study visa or Permanent Residency. We’re here to help you get the score you need.

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Your visa options

If you like the opportunity to live, study or work in New Zealand, there are many visa options available to you. There is a study visa, skilled, sponsored work visa and business visa. Some of these may lead to Permanent Residency (PR) in New Zealand. Find the New Zealand visa most likely to meet your specific circumstances hereexternal icon or access free student visa servicesexternal icon.

Your IELTS options

The IELTS Academic test has been developed if you wish to study at a university or college as an undergraduate or postgraduate student or join or gain entry into a professional institution. The IELTS General Training test has been developed to test your every-day, non-academic English.

Which IELTS test do you need?

IELTS for native English speakers

For most New Zealand visas, you must be able to meet the English eligibility criteria at the time you apply for the visa. Sometimes, citizens or holders of a valid passport from Australia, Canada, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom, or the United States are exempted from providing an English language proficiency test. However, if you’re a native speaker and still need to show you’re proficient in English, find out how you need to prepare. We even offer a free IELTS Masterclass that is designed to help you in your ability to reach a high band score.

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IELTS tips for native speakers

Native English speakers who are planning to take the IELTS test have unique preparation needs, quite different from those with English as a second language.

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Expert IELTS advice from IDP IELTS Coaches

Practise your IELTS skills in Writing, Reading or Speaking and receive a personalised action plan to improve your IELTS band score.

  • Get one-on-one coaching with an official IELTS expert
  • Practise writing tasks online and receive a personalised feedback report
  • Complete a reading task and get a personalised feedback report
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