IELTS Test Centre
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What is IELTS?
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular high stakes English-language test for study, work and migration, with more than 2.2 million tests taken each year.
IELTS assesses all of your English skills — reading, writing, listening and speaking — and is designed to reflect real life use of English — at study, at work, and at play.
The IELTS test is developed by some of the world’s leading experts in language assessment. It has an excellent international reputation, and is accepted by over 9,000 organisations worldwide, including schools, universities, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies.
IELTS is the most widely accepted English language test that uses a one-on-one speaking test to assess your English communication skills. This means that you are assessed by having a real-life conversation with a real person. This is the most effective and natural way of testing your English conversation skills.
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 jointly managed by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL), British Council and IDP: IELTS Australia. IELTS conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment. It covers the four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking.
IELTS is recognised by universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA. It is also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.
EIT is a registered British Council IELTS Centre.
IELTS Scores, Guidelines and Modules
You need 5.5 – 6.0 to do a Diploma Course at a New Zealand Polytechnic.
You need 6.0 – 7.5 in an Academic IELTS exam, depending on the course you take to enter a New Zealand University.
You need 6.5 in a General IELTS exam to gain permanent residency.
You need 7.0 – 7.5 in an Academic IELTS exam to register as a medical practitioner in New Zealand.
Band Score 1-9
Level Indicator 1 Elementary
Level Indicator 2 Pre-intermediate
Level Indicator 3 Intermediate
Level Indicator 4 Upper Intermediate
Level Indicator 5 Advanced
Academic and General Training
IELTS is available in two formats – Academic and General Training.
The Academic Reading and Writing tests assess whether a candidate is ready to study or train in the medium of English at an undergraduate or postgraduate level.
The General Training Reading and Writing tests are not designed to test the full range of formal language skills required for academic purposes, but emphasise basic survival skills in a broad social and educational context. General Training is suitable for candidates who are going to English-speaking countries to complete their secondary education, to undertake work experience or training programmes not at degree level, or for immigration purposes.
All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests.
IELTS at EIT Test Dates 2017
Test Dates 2017
- 21 January 2017 (CLOSED)
- 4 March 2017 (limited spaces available)
- 8 April 2017
- 20 May 2017*
- 24 June 2017
- 15 July 2017*
- 9 September 2017
- 14 October 2017
- 11 November 2017
- 2 December 2017
*Academic modules only are offered on these dates.
All other dates offer Academic and General modules.
IELTS Application Form, Info and Fees
IELTS Application Form and Information to Download
The fee to sit the IELTS test is NZ$385.00 (including GST).
IELTS Application forms can be downloaded, picked up from EIT’s Information Centre, the English Language Centre at EIT, or emailed to you.
Application forms can be downloaded, picked up from the International Centre at EIT, or sent by post or email to you. Please note that candidates must not wear glasses in the photographs submitted for IELTS registration.
Where to take your completed IELTS Application Form:
In person: You can take your payment and completed application form, along with your passport to the Main Reception at Eastern Institute of Technology, 501 Gloucester Street, Taradale 4112, Napier.
By Mail: Make your cheque out to Eastern Institute of Technology, and post with your completed application form and a photocopy of your passport to IELTS Testing Centre, Private Bag 1201, Taradale 4142, Napier.
The address provided by you on the Application Form is the address where the Test Report Form will be sent. If you wish to have correspondence prior to the test sent to a different address, please let us know.
Cancellation and Transfer
You cannot cancel or transfer your test date within 2 weeks of the test date unless you are able to provide a medical certificate. If you are absent on test day you will receive no refund.
Evidence of Identity
Evidence of identity must be provided at the time of application and on the day of the exam. This must be a passport that is not expired at registration nor on the test day.
Please contact the IELTS Administrator at the time of registration if you know that your passport will not be available on test day (because it is with Immigration for passport or visa renewal).
How do I pay my IELTS Fee?
EIT bank account details are as follows:
Account Name: Eastern Institute of Technology, Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
Account Number: 03 0631 0007233 84
Bank Name: WESTPAC Banking Corporation
Address: 277 Gloucester Street
P O Box 7141
Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand
SWIFT CODE: WPACNZ2W
To enable us to quickly identify your payment, please ensure that your full name and “IELTS Fee” is clearly noted on your bank remittance form. Please send us an email after you have paid, so we can look out for your payment on the bank statement.
Or if you prefer to post a cheque or Bank Draft please address it as follows:
Attention: IELTS Test Centre
The Eastern Institute of Technology, Hawke’s Bay
Private Bag 1201
Napier, NEW ZEALAND
What happens on the day of the IELTS Test?
The exam will be held at the International Centre at EIT (3rd Floor of A block). Once you have registered with the Administration Staff you will need to remain in the waiting area until your speaking test has been completed. To avoid crowding in the waiting area, we recommend you arrive 15 to 20 minutes before your speaking time. Only IELTS candidates are permitted into the building on test day – friends and family must wait outside the building. They are welcome to wait in the EIT library if the weather is wet or cold.
Please make sure you bring your passport with you – you need to show your passport to the Administration staff and Examiners.
You will be advised by letter of your appointment time for your speaking interview. The speaking interview takes around 15-20 minutes and will take place before the Listening, Reading and Writing Exam, which starts at 1.00pm. All sections of the IELTS exam will be completed by 4.00pm.
Candidates are required to leave the building immediately after their speaking test and must not remain in the waiting area with other candidates.
A photograph and finger scan will be taken on test day – the photograph taken by the test centre will appear on your Test Report Form. For more information about the Test Day Photography system, please refer to the brochure available at the test venue.
You will need to bring lunch with you as the cafeteria at EIT is closed at the weekends. Alternatively there is Subway at the Pettigrew Green Arena across the road from EIT where you can purchase lunch. The Taradale Shopping Centre is a short drive away and has several cafes where you can also purchase lunch.
If you do not live locally: EIT is 15km from Napier Airport. It takes approximately 20 minutes by Shuttle Bus. You may like to arrive in Napier on the Friday so you can be at EIT in time for your interview on Saturday morning. If you need accommodation you can contact the Colonial Lodge (068447788) or the Ballina Motel (068450648) who are both located in Taradale. Cheaper hostel accommodation is available in Napier or Hastings.
Please note: If you cancel your test date you will receive no refund. If you are unable to attend on test day due to illness you must advise the centre and provide a medical certificate within 5 days of the test in order to get a refund.
IELTS Test Results
Results will be produced 13 days after the test. Your Test Report Form will be sent to the address provided on your Application Form. If you wish to pick your results up from the English Language Centre please let us know.
Candidates are given one copy of their Test Report Form and this cannot be replaced. Candidates may request up to five additional copies to be sent to receiving organisations (tertiary institutions, professional bodies, or government departments).
As a Test Centre we are not permitted to give results over the phone, by fax or email.
Enquiry of IELTS Results
If you are not happy or wish to query your test results, please see the IELTS Administrator within four weeks of the test to apply for a re-mark. This procedure costs NZ$180 (including GST) and can take up to eight weeks to process. If there is an increase in your band score you will be issued a new TRF and receive a full refund. If there is no change to your band score, you will not receive a refund.
IELTS – Contact us at the EIT Test Centre
If you have any queries please contact EIT’s IELTS Administrator’s on firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone Nicola Yuile (06) 974 8000 ext 5108
IELTS Testing Centre
Eastern Institute of Technology
501 Gloucester Street, Taradale 4112 or;
Private Bag 1201, Taradale 4142
The English Language Centre Reception at EIT is open from 9.30am – 1.00pm Monday to Friday.
EIT Main Reception staff can also provide assistance with applications and payment
More Info & Frequently Asked Questions about IELTS
For more information please contact EIT’s IELTS Administrator’s on (06) 974 8000 ext 5108, email email@example.com or or visit the IELTS website www.ielts.org.