Moving to New Zealand

IELTS is accepted by Immigration New Zealand as proof of English skill

If you’re planning on moving to New Zealand, you may require an IELTS test for migration and professional employment.

Migrating to New Zealand? You may need an IELTS test

The IELTS score you require will depend on which visa you need when moving to New Zealand. Find out what IELTS score you need for your New Zealand visa with Immigration New Zealand. Before you book your IELTS test, we recommend that you check with your workplace or Immigration New Zealand in order to understand the level of skill you need to demonstrate, and which version of IELTS you need.

Academic or General Training?

IELTS is unique as far as English tests go in that it offers two different versions that have slightly different questions:

IELTS Academic contains questions that relate to facts and figures, charts and data. IELTS Academic is typically required for university and college courses where the ability to interpret data, and communicate in relation to data, is important.

IELTS General Training contains questions that relate to everyday life, without the need to read or interpret charts and data. This version of IELTS is more commonly used for migration purposes, but some universities and colleges accept a General Training result for their courses also.

Find out more about the IELTS test formats.

Choosing whether to take IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training will come down to two main factors:

1. Which version of the test is needed by the institution that you are submitting your IELTS result to?
2. What type of communication is your preference? Do you like interpreting facts and figures, or do you prefer talking about everyday life?

If you don’t need an Academic result, and you prefer talking about everyday life, then the General Training test may be better suited to you.

Who accepts IELTS?

Find out which New Zealand employers, professional registrations, and Government departments accept IELTS, the minimum band score required for entry, and which test format you’ll need here.

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