International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

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IELTS is proven and trusted worldwide to provide a secure, global, authentic and customer-focused test which measures true to life ability to communicate in English. IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP:IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. IELTS testing at the University of Canterbury is managed by IDP:IELTS Australia.

IELTS is recognised and accepted by over 9000 organisations worldwide, including universities, employers, professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies. In New Zealand, IELTS is used as a measure of English language proficiency for immigration, university entrance requirements and other professional designations.

The cost for the IELTS test is $385 NZD (incl. GST).



IELTS Test Centre location

The IELTS Test Centre is located at the Centre for Assessment and Monitoring (CAM) on the Dovedale campus of the University of Canterbury, Christchurch. 

Opening hours are 9.30am–4pm, Monday to Friday. 

****** Christmas Opening Hours - The IELTS Test Centre at the University of Canterbury will be closed from Friday 18th December 2020, re-opening Monday 18th January 2021. On-line bookings and payments can still be made throughout this period. The email will be monitored throughout this period also. If you have any queries regarding bookings and payments etc., please email The IELTS team wishes you Best Wishes for the Festive Season. ******




Dates below indicate tests undertaken at the University of Canterbury unless otherwise stated.

Month Date Module
October 2020 Saturday 31 Academic and General
November 2020 Saturday 7 Academic and General
November 2020 Saturday 21 Academic and General
November 2020 Saturday 28 Academic
December 2020 Saturday 5 Academic and General
January 2021 Saturday 23 Academic and General
February 2021 Saturday 20 Academic
February 2021 Saturday 27 Academic and General
March 2021 Saturday 13 Academic and General
March 2021 Saturday 27 Academic and General
April 2021 Saturday 10 Academic
April 2021 Saturday 17 Academic and General
May 2021 Saturday 8 Academic and General
May 2021 Saturday 29 Academic and General

There are two IELTS modules to choose from. Both the Academic and General Training modules cover all four (4) language skills (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking). The speaking test is an interview with an examiner face to face.

IELTS Academic

This test is for those who want to study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, and for those seeking professional registration.

IELTS General Training

This test is for those who want to migrate to an English-speaking country Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK) and for those wishing to train or study at below degree level.

Note: Before you register online for an IELTS test, check with your referring organisation about which test (Academic or General Training) you should select.

The Online Registration System (ORS) is the IELTS web-based online booking and payment platform developed by IDP Education Ltd. ORS enables customers to book and pay for their test online.

The Online Registration System (ORS) provides:

  • Easy registration process – You register only once with your personal details and ID. You will need to provide a colour copy of your valid passport. A valid credit card or debit card is required for payment at the end of the registration process.Quick and easy online booking –You can make online bookings and payments anywhere, anytime.
  • Quick and easy online booking – You can make online bookings and payments anywhere, anytime. Instant booking confirmation – Once payment is made, you will instantly receive a booking confirmation email.
  • Instant booking confirmation – Once payment is made, you will instantly receive a booking confirmation email.

Apply for the IELTS test online.

If you don’t have a computer, please contact the IELTS office between the hours 9.30am - 4.00pm to arrange a time to come into the IELTS Centre to do the online booking from one of our computers. You will need to bring your passport and credit card or debit card to complete the booking.

The cost for the IELTS test is $385 NZD (incl. GST).

The test is usually on a Saturday afternoon and will take about four hours.

Your speaking interview with an examiner will usually be scheduled on the morning of your test. In some instances the speaking interview may be scheduled any day of the week five days before the test. All applicants living out of Christchurch will have their speaking interviews scheduled on the morning of your test.

Information about test day will be sent out one week before your speaking interview. Please read the information carefully. The letter will advise your speaking interview time, where you should go and what to bring with you.

Free car parking is available on the University of Canterbury, Dovedale Ave campus on a Saturday, except for parking in reserved, disabled and visitor spaces, or in areas not otherwise marked out for parking.

Parking charges apply Monday to Friday.

Your results will be available to preview online 13 days after your test on the IELTS Essentials website. To access these, you will need to provide your name, passport number, date of birth and the date of your test. Please note the preview of your IELTS results cannot be used as official confirmation of your test result.

Your IELTS test report form (TRF) will be posted to the address stated on your online registration. Please notify us immediately if you change your address. Candidates receive one personal copy of the Test Report Form (TRF). Test Centres can issue up to two additional TRFs due to damage or loss. Requests for additional Test Report Forms (TRFs) must be made in writing to the Test Centre with a copy of the ID document used on test day.

You can have copies of your Test Report Form automatically sent to up to five institutions free of charge when filling in the Recognising Organisations section of your test online registration.

Re-marking  or Enquiry On Results (EOR)

If you wish to query your results, please email the IELTS Test Centre at, within six weeks of your test date to apply for a re-mark. We will then forward information on how to proceed and pay for your re-mark. Your test will be sent to the head office of British Council or IDP: IA for re-marking by Senior Examiners.

Your result will normally be available in 2 to 21 days, depending on several factors including the number of sections requested for re-mark.  If you have not received a response after 28 days, please contact us. 

Please note:

  • The fee for an EOR is $175 NZD (incl. GST).
  • If there is an increase in your scores, you will be issued with a new updated copy of your test report form (TRF), once we have received your original copy and you will be eligible for a full refund.
  • If there is no change to your scores you will not receive a refund and you will keep your original copy.


Transferring your test date

If you cannot sit the test on the date that you applied for, and you want to transfer to another date you must notify us three weeks BEFORE the test date you originally applied for. Please complete the Request for Test Date Transfer Form (see below) and email to the IELTS Administrator. If seats are available we will endeavour to accommodate your request.

If you do not notify us three weeks before the test date you applied for, you will have to pay the full test fee once again for the new test date, unless we can re-book the seat to another candidate. This will be at the discretion of the IELTS Centre.

Cancellation of your application

An administration fee of $85 NZD (incl. GST) applies if you wish to cancel your test.

You need to notify us no later than three weeks before the test date. Please complete the IELTS Request for Refund or Test Date Transfer Form (see below) and email to the IELTS Administrator. After the three-week deadline has expired, there will be no refund given, unless proof of bereavement or severe illness is provided.

If you do not attend the test on your scheduled date, you will not receive any refund unless you can provide a medical certificate dated the same day as the test to show you were unfit to sit the test on that day. This must be done within five days of the test day to receive a partial refund or transfer. The $85 NZD (incl. GST) administration fee still applies and will be deducted from your test fee.

Find out what you need to bring and do on the day of your International English Language Testing System test below.

Schedule for the day

Below is an example of a schedule for a typical test day:

  • 8:00am – Registration for speaking tests begin.
  • 8:20am – First speaking tests start.
  • 12:30pm – Registration for writing tests begin.
  • 1:00pm – The listening test commences, followed by the reading and writing sections of the test. This takes three hours (with no break).

During the test, your identity will be confirmed and you will be asked to check and confirm your personal details. You are required to check your details carefully and confirm any changes on test day as these details will appear on your Test Report Form.

Your finger scan and photo will be captured on test day. Your test day photo will be used on your Test Report Form.


IELTS registration and tests are held at the Dovedale Avenue campus of the University of Canterbury.

We recommend that you allow yourself plenty of time to locate the building and room before your test. Signs will be in place from 8am.

What to bring:

  • Passport (only those who present passports will be able to take the test).
  • HB Pencils, eraser, pencil sharpener.
  • Clear water bottle, with the labels removed.
  • Food to have during the lunch break.

Do not bring:

  • Valuable items (a bag room is available during the exam however CEM does not take responsibility for your personal belongings).

If you are unhappy with the service provided on test day then you will be given the opportunity to complete a complaint form at the end of the LWR test.

IELTS Test Centre

Centre for Assessment and Monitoring (CAM)
University of Canterbury
Dovedale Ave

Phone: +64 3 369 3779