Frequently Asked Questions
How and when do I apply?
Enrolments for test places will close when the exam reaches capacity. We recommend enrolling early to ensure you can get a place on your preferred test date as test dates may close off earlier if full.
- apply in person with your current passport as ID, except in exceptional circumstances eg candidates outside Auckland or overseas: please contact the administrator for permission to apply by email or mail
- provide a passport-sized photo (signed on the back). Photograph must meet requirements below:
- be no more than 6 months old
- not wear glasses
- be taken against plain background so that features are clearly distinguishable
- be a close-up of the head and shoulders
- show the candidate looking straight at the camera
- not show anything covering the face, the outlines of the eyes, nose or mouth
- complete the application form in full using your passport name
Please take your completed form with payment to: (cash, cheque, eftpos or credit card)
School of English, Room J104
Gate 2, Newbury Street
Otara, Manukau City
Make cheques payable to Manukau Institute of Technology
The School of English is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.00pm
If you have any questions please email email@example.com or contact the IELTS Centre on +64 9 9688617.
Can I apply for my friend if I have his/her passport?
Do I have to bring my passport to the test?
Yes. You must bring your original passport to take the test. Certified copies will not be accepted under any circumstances.
What should I do if my passport is with the New Zealand Immigration Service for a new visa?
Show your IELTS test receipt and letter of confirmation to New Zealand Immigration Service and they may release your passport for the test day. You will not be able to take the test if you do not have your original passport.
Why can’t I use a photo older than three months if it is the same photo as my passport?
IELTS regulations state that we must have an up-to-date photo of you. Your result form (TRF) will have your photo on it. If you do not look like your photo your result may be questioned and you may not be allowed to sit the test.
What else should I bring to the test?
Bring your passport and confirmation letter. Pens and pencils are provided. All bags must be left outside the examination room in a locked room. No personal belongings are allowed into the examination room.
Can I bring anyone with me to the test?
No. Family, friends and agents are not permitted in the test room during the IELTS test.
What is the test format?
When you enrol you will be given a candidate information booklet which describes the format of the test.
Speaking - 15 minutes
Listening - 40 minutes
Reading - 1 hour
Writing - 1 hour
Is the Speaking test on the same day?
On the day of your IELTS test - When and where do I report?
- Candidates must report at 8.30am to the School of English reception J104. You will be advised where to register for your speaking examination
- Parking inside the MIT grounds is free of charge on a Saturday
- All testing should be finished by 4.00pm
When can I get my results? Who else can get details of my results?
The results are available 13 days following each test session and need to be collected from the School of English reception J104. You will need to provide your candidate number and passport for ID when you collect your result.
- An additional five (5) copies of your results can be sent free of charge to receiving organisations, within 6 weeks of the test date.
- A receiving organisation is a tertiary education institution, a professional body or a government department that have set IELTS as an entry requirement.
- Any further copies or copies applied for after this time will incur a fee of NZ$10.00 each.
- Postage costs will be incurred for Receiving Organisations outside of New Zealand.
Can I get extra copies of my results?
Lost TRFs cannot be re-printed and issued. You may however fill in a form for a Receiving Organisation and the new TRF will be sent directly to that organisation.
Is there any difference in the IELTS test from one IELTS centre to another?
No. Every IELTS centre in New Zealand uses the same test on the same test day. There is no difference in how the examiners evaluate and mark tests from one centre to another.
Can I change or cancel my test date after you have enrolled?
- If you postpone or cancel your application more than 5 weeks before the test date, you will receive a refund minus an administration charge of $75.00.
- If you postpone or cancel within 5 weeks of the test date, there will be no refund.
What is the difference between the Academic and General module?
- The Reading and Writing tests are different.
- The Academic module assesses if a candidate is ready to study or train using the English Language at an undergraduate or post graduate level.
- The General Training module is for immigration purposes in New Zealand, Australia and Canada, work experience or training programmes not at degree levels and to complete Secondary education.
- See the IELTS information booklet for more details.
Enquiries and re-marks of results
If for any reason you wish to query your test results, you may lodge your application at the reception in J104, within four weeks of issue of results. The candidate’s test material is re-marked. There is a fee for this which is refunded should the Band Score be increased.