IELTS frequently asked questions

Manukau Institute of Technology is a British Council IELTS Test Centre.

Why take IELTS at MIT?

MIT students have access to a large section of IELTS resources in the MIT library. MIT also has a list of recommended experienced private tutors (please contact the IELTS Test Centre).

Here are some advantages of taking your IELTS test at MIT:

  • You can complete all tests in one day
  • Convenient parking and/or close to public transport
  • Friendly helpful staff
  • Handy venues throughout Auckland and Waikato.

Can I apply for my friend if I have his/her passport?

No. Please contact the IELTS administrator on +64 (09) 968 8617 or via email for further advice.

What should I do if my passport is with the New Zealand Immigration Service for a new visa?

You must retrieve it by showing your IELTS test receipt and letter of confirmation to the New Zealand Immigration Service and send it back to them after the test is finished. You will not be able to take the test if you do not have your original passport on the test day.

If you do not have your passport, do NOT apply for the IELTS test until you can have your document with you for test day.

Please Note: a certified copy of passport and driver's license are not accepted.

Is there any deadline for applications?

The IELTS Application and the test fee should be received by the IELTS Test Centre at least '10 business days' prior to the test date of your choice. However, registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis and does not guarantee a first choice test date.

If I have to repeat the test, can I do only one section (e.g. just Reading, or just Writing, etc.)

No, you must do all four sections if you have to repeat the test. This is the same at all Test Centres.

When and where do I report?

You must report 45 minutes before your speaking test time.

What else should I bring to the test?

Bring your current, original passport. All bags must be left outside the examination room in a locked room. No personal belongings are allowed into the examination room. You may bring water in a clear unlabelled plastic bottle. All stationery  will be provided (pens, pencils, erasers etc.).

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.

Does the Test Centre provide headsets for Listening, for all candidates?

Not for paper-based tests. We test large numbers of candidates, so headphones would not be practical. However, we have modern sound equipment in every room and the quality of the sound for the listening test is excellent. Headsets will be provided for the computer-delivered IELTS tests.

Can I check my IELTS results online?

Yes, you can check your IELTS results online following below steps:

  1. Please log in at
  2. Go to ‘Tests’, select ‘Completed’. Click on the test date you want to check
  3. In the ‘Date and location’ drop-down, select ‘Results’
  4. View your IELTS results.

Is there any difference in the 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.

I have registered my British Council IELTS test with MIT. How do I pay?

After your registration, you will have 24 hours to complete the payment. Please pay here.

Fast facts on computer-delivered IELTS

Is the computer-delivered IELTS completely different from the paper-based?

The computer-delivered and paper-based IELTS are practically the same in terms of content and marking. The difference would be the delivery of the test (on paper or computer) and the features available for each format. Otherwise, question types and assessment criteria are exactly the same for both.

Taking down notes during the IELTS test helps me remember important details. Will we be provided with paper to write notes on during the computer-delivered IELTS test?

Yes, test takers will be provided with pen/pencil and paper for note-taking during the test. However, you will be asked to leave the used paper after the test.

In the listening test, are we given time to transfer our answers from our notepaper to the computer?

In computer-delivered IELTS, you will be typing your answers directly on the test questions page on the computer, so there is no need for transfer time.  You will be given 2 minutes to check your answers at the end of the test.

This is my first time to take IELTS on the computer. Is there a complete computer-delivered IELTS practice test available for me to use?

The British Council has developed a full sample version of the computer-delivered IELTS test to help test-takers. It aims to familiarise test takers with the features and format of the computer-delivered IELTS test. You can access the familiarisation test here:

Is there a submit or save button in every section of the computer-delivered IELTS test?

There is no need for a 'save' or 'submit' button on the computer-delivered IELTS screen.  All answers are automatically saved as you go through the entire test. Similarly, the screen automatically ends the test when the time is up.

Will it be more difficult to answer directly on the computer rather than writing them down on the answer sheet?

Some test-takers find it more convenient to take the test on the computer because of their familiarity in using the computer in their work or study. Ultimately, the option to take the test on computer or paper depends on the test takers' preference.

I prefer taking the test with fewer people inside the venue. How many people will take the computer-delivered IELTS test at the same time?

Compared to the paper-based IELTS test, the computer-delivered IELTS test is less crowded. Fewer people take the test at one time, however, there are more test sessions to choose from.

Can computer-delivered IELTS be taken at home?

While computer-delivered IELTS is taken through a computer, it will still be delivered in an authorised testing venue where security measures are in place.

In computer-delivered IELTS, do I get the option to playback the recording in the listening test?

Similar to the paper-based test, you only get to listen to the recording once.

Can we navigate from one part to another to view other parts of the test while still on the current section?

Yes, you may view other parts of the test within the same section (Listening, Reading, and Writing). There is a navigation bar at the bottom of the screen which allows you to check other parts and questions within the same subtest.

Can we highlight words and phrases on the CDIELTS screen?

Yes, the computer-delivered IELTS screen includes features like highlighting and note-taking. Other standard functions like, click and drag, copy and paste (CTRL+C and CTRL+V) are also available.

Is it mandatory to clear the highlighted text and notes after completing the reading test?

No, there is no need for you to remove any highlights or notes you have made during the test. These do not affect your score in the computer-delivered IELTS test.

In the writing test, do we need to count the number of words as we answer the questions?

One of the benefits of taking the IELTS on the computer is the availability of the word count function.  In computer-delivered IELTS, there is no need for you to manually count the words in the Writing test, unlike in the paper-based test.

Are we allowed to leave the room if we have finished the test earlier than the scheduled time?

After completing the test, you are not allowed to leave the room earlier than the rest. Since everybody will be starting the test at the same time, all computers will end and close the screen simultaneously.

Are grammar and spell checks available in the computer-delivered IELTS test?

Although some features of the computer-delivered IELTS screen are similar to other computer software, it does not include grammar and spell-checks.

Is computer-delivered IELTS available in the same locations as the paper-based test venues?

Some locations may provide both paper-based and computer-delivered IELTS test, but not all.  Please check availability of computer-delivered IELTS in your preferred location from your test centre.

Ready to book your IELTS test?

Applying online for paper-based or computer-delivered IELTS is easy.

Before you start make sure you have an electronic colour copy of your passport (JPEG, GIF or PNG) ready to upload in your application.

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Don't have your passport with you?

If you don't have a copy of your passport available you can still submit your online application, then email a copy of your passport.


Include your full name and test date in the subject line.

Once we have received your application, passport copy and payment we will email you confirmation and receipt within 10 business days. You will also receive an access code for the Road to IELTS programme.

Prefer to apply in person?

Visit our MIT Ōtara IELTS Test Centre

NR101, Gate 14, MIT North Campus, Alexander Crescent, Ōtara, Auckland 2023

Open Monday - Thursday from 9am - 12pm and Friday from 9am - 3pm.

If you need to visit the centre outside these hours, please call (09) 968 8617 to make an appointment.