Pacific country candidates who make it to the final stage of the selection process must prove they can speak and write English.

As part of our selection process, we arrange English language proficiency testing for near-final candidates from the following countries:

  • Fiji
  • Kiribati 
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Samoa
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu

The testing process will happen in your home country if you get to this stage of the selection process. Read Selection Process and Timeline for more information about the different stages.

All Scholarship applicants must prove how well they can speak and write English before entering a New Zealand tertiary institution.

For Pacific countries, English language testing is done at the final stage of the selection process. The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an internationally run test that measures English-speaking ability. It uses a nine-band scale to identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band 1) through to expert (band 9).

We use Uniservices to provide the IELTS testing services and a short preparation course. The preparatory study course is run in the evenings for 2-3 weeks before the test.

The test will probably be different to any you have taken before, so the course helps you prepare and make sure the test accurately represents your English abilities.

The 2017 IELTS testing and preparatory study courses are compulsory.

They will be held at the following times:

 

Course location

Shortlist advised, IELTS application form sent

IELTS online application

IELTS preparatory study

IELTS test

PNG

tbc

7-Jul

10 - 14 July

20 July - 1 Aug

Thu 3 Aug/12 Aug

Solomon Islands

tbc

7-Jul

10 - 14 July

Sat 8 July* - Tue 18 July

(Sunday 9 July for Seventh Day Adventist Applicants)

Thu 20 July

Tonga

tbc

7-Jul

10 - 14 July

Tue 1 Aug - Thu 17 Aug

Sat 19 Aug

Tuvalu

tbc

7-Jul

10 - 14 July

Tue 1 Aug - Thu 17 Aug

Sat 19 Aug

Vanuatu

tbc

7-Jul

10 - 14 July

20 Jul - Tue 1 Aug

Thu 3 Aug

Fiji

tbc

28-Jul

31 July - 4 Aug

28 Aug - 7 Sept

Sat 9 Sept

Samoa

tbc

TBC

7 - 11 Aug

12 - 18 Aug, 11 - 15 Sept

Sat 16 Sept

Kiribati

tbc

TBC

10 - 14 July

20 Jul - Tue 1 Aug

Thu 3 Aug

 

Application form and ID confirmation

IELTS testing requirements are strict. Applicants must submit application forms on time as late entries cannot be accepted and your scholarship application could be withdrawn.

If applicants are unable to scan their passport in order to submit their online application form they can ask the New Zealand High Commission int heir country to scan it for them.

Online test applications

Uniservices will send test application details to you when the shortlist is confirmed. This will be no later than 7 July (28 July for Fiji). Applications must be made online. Paper applications be accepted only in exceptional circumstances.

Passport

IELTS testing requires a valid passport to confirm identification. A scanned copy of your passport must be uploaded as part of your online application. If you don’t have a valid passport, in some situations the IELTS Regional Australia Office may give special permission for applicants to use other acceptable identification. Email ielts.pacific@auckland.ac.nz with any queries.

Travel

For outer island applicants, the New Zealand High Commission will contact them to organise travel and accommodation. Applicants from outer islands who can’t come to the preparatory study course may be able to study online so long as they have good internet access. If this is you, email ielts.pacific@auckland.ac.nz to discuss your needs.

Disability and special learning needs

If you have a disability or special learning needs (e.g. hearing aids, a visual or learning disability) please email ielts.pacific@auckland.ac.nz as soon as possible to discuss what you need. The testing services must have at least six weeks to accommodate your needs, or three months if materials must be modified to meet your specific disability and special learning needs.

Contact

Email ielts.pacific@auckland.ac.nz with any queries.