New Zealand is fast becoming a favoured destination for studying abroad. Its world-class university system, a strong economy and high standards of living, make New Zealand a top choice for students. If you are planning to seek admission to colleges and universities abroad, then taking the IELTS exam would be on your list.

New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and Britain are the top countries that follow IELTS exam scores to gauge the applicant’s English proficiency. IELTS or the International English Language Testing Service is an international standardised exam to rest the proficiency of the English language in 4 categories-listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

The IELTS exam is of two versions, Academic and General Training. The IELTS Academic is for seeking admission to colleges, while organisations use the IELTS General Training for work or immigration purposes. Listening and speaking categories are same for both types. The sections for reading and writing vary depending on whether the format is academic or that of general testing.  The IELTS exam has to be taken only at an officially registered IELTS centre. The test follows a specific format. The total time of the exam is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Three out of four categories, i.e., Reading, writing, and listening can all be taken on the same day. The speaking component has to be completed within a week before or after the other tests, according to your official IELTS Testing Center. Your score is given in bands ranging from 1 to 9, with 1 being the lowest or “general user” and 9 being the highest or “expert user” band. These test scores are valid for two years.

Various colleges, universities and educational institutions in New Zealand have a different requirement for IELTS scores for international students. Your IELTS score is mandatory for a New Zealand study visa. In addition, it also helps with entry into New Zealand schools, universities, and training colleges.

If you wish to work in New Zealand, you must meet the minimum standard of English set by the New Zealand Government. The New Zealand government asks IELTS score as evidence of English language proficiency for many visas, including those falling in the category of Skilled Migrant, Business, and Work from residence.  Your overall IELTS score needs to be 6.5 or more.

UG English language entrance requirements

Students from a country where English is not the first language must obtain a minimum English Language competency in the form of an IELTS result. Some programs require a higher level of competency than the requirement indicated. The general scores are as follows:

  • Undergraduate Programs-IELTS: Minimum overall 5.5 band required (no band less than 5.0)
  • PG Diploma’s and Masters – Overall 6.5 band required
  • Nursing, Physiotherapy –colleges require 7.0 band

Here are the IELTS scores required by the major universities in New Zealand.

University of Auckland

Undergraduate study requirements

 IELTS (Academic)6.0 An overall score of 6.0 and no bands below 5.5

Post Graduate Study requirements

IELTS (Academic)6.5 An overall score of 6.0 and no bands below 6.0

Massey University

Undergraduate academic entrance requirements

Program    IELTS
Pre-Degree and Foundation Certificate 5.0 (no band less than 5.0)
PG DEEP – Foundation Certificate in Advanced Academic English 5.5 (no band less than 5.5)
Certificate in Foundation Studies (Full Foundation) 5.5 (no band less than 5.0)
CUP – Certificate of University Preparation 6.0 (no band less than 5.0)

Postgraduate English language entrance requirements

Program  IELTS
Postgraduate Level 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)