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IELTS Preparation Course

We're here to help YOU get the score you need... 

IELTS is fast becoming the leading standardised English Language test globally, jointly managed by the University of Cambridge and the British Council. 

It is recognised as the standard English proficiency test for University and Polytechnic admission in New Zealand, with some institutions looking for scores as high as 7.0 on this challenging examination.

WIE's IELTS Preparation Course is a course for intermediate to advanced learners, which develops skills and strategies for both English language and for IELTS success. The course aims to prepare students with the skills and strategies needed to undertake the IELTS test  with confidence and succeed in achieving the score you require. 

The course will give you intensive practice in each module, making sure you know exactly how to make best use of your time. You will do practice tests in each skill under exam conditions and specialist teachers will give you feedback on your performance to help you improve. 

The IELTS Preparation Course aims to:

  • Introduce students to and familiarise them with the format and content of IELTS

  • Equip students with effective skills and strategies needed to undertake the IELTS test with confidence

  • Provide material for practice in all areas of the test

  • Administer regular practice tests with individual feedback and advice from teacher

  • Tips and advice from experienced teachers, including test examiners

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Apply reading techniques to scan and skim texts quickly, and to find the main points.

  • Produce formal, academic writing which are clear, organised and concise

  • Apply different listening techniques to cope with a variety of situations

  • Speak with greater accuracy and fluency

  • Manage time effectively in the IELTS test


Students enrolling for the IELTS Preparation course must sit our placement test on arrival, and are then placed in the appropriate class according to their assessed level. 


Waikato Institute of Education Certificate in IELTS Preparation (You must meet all course and attendance requirements.)

  1. Studying IELTS Preparation at WIE opens up opportunities for tertiary study in New Zealand, for more information, please visit: Pathway to New Zealand University, Polytechnic and High School.
  2. Learners who have enrolled for or have completed an IELTS Preparation course are better equipped to live and work in New Zealand. For more information, please visit: Pathway to New Zealand Jobs


IELTS Preparation timetable

Our IELTS preparation courses are designed to equip learners with effective skills and strategies needed to undertake the IELTS test with confidence. Our highly qualified and experienced teachers will help students develop effective study skills, and gain familiarity with the exam format and content. Classes will cover the four skills; reading, writing, listening and speaking, with integrated academic vocabulary and grammar to help you get your best IELTS score.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
09:00 – 10:30 Topic starter
Language consolidation and review
Grammar consolidation
Language skills development: reading and listening
Vocabulary consolidation
Topic based reading and listening
Grammar expansion
Language skills development: reading and listening
Vocabulary expansion Using language in context: writing task
10:30 – 10:50 Break
10:50 – 11:50 Grammar drills
Using grammar in context: task
Topic specific vocabulary building
Using vocabulary in context: task
Structured topic-based discussion task
Language skills development: writing Everyday English: Functional language
1:50 – 12:00 Assembly
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:00 Lead-in to topic: Pairwork or discussions Focus on IELTS subskills: Reading/Listening Academic grammar expansion
Exam briefing and Task approach
Academic vocabulary building
Task approach: Writing
Exam focus: Error hit list
Task approach: Writing
Task approach: Speaking
Topic based academic vocabulary building
14:00 – 14:10 Break
  Task and practice questions Task approach in practice: Reading/Listening Using vocabulary in context: writing draft Speaking task Topic based exam skills
15:10 – 16:00 WIE After Class English Activities (Optional) Study Activities
Study Activities
(Learn new culture and have new experiences)
(Enjoy the fresh air and sun with your friends!)
English Corner
(Improve your speaking by playing fun games)
Pronunciation Class / Cambridge Pre-test
IELTS Mock Test
Social Club
(Make new friends and improve your communication skills )

WIE has Free English Activities every afternoon after 3pm. All activities are optional, but we do encourage all students to participate so they have extra opportunities to practice their English at WIE.

  • Study Activities and Social Club can help students learn English in authentic environments.

  • Students will benefit from the Tuesday Activities as students play in groups of multiple different L1 background.

  • English Corner will improve students speaking skills by playing fun games.

  • If students preparing IELTS test WIE has Cambridge pre-test and mock test to help students’ exam skills.

Study Activities

Students can join WIE study activities every Monday. They may visit Hamilton city council and meet our mayor or they may visit Hamilton Museum and learn about Maori Culture. Waikato University is one of the popular destinations. Sometimes New Zealand policemen will visit us at our campus and tell our students about safety in New Zealand. If you are lucky you can meet rugby players from the famous local Rugby teams, the Chiefs. There are so many more activities. Come and join us every Monday!


New Zealand is famous for fresh air, blue sky and great outdoor activities. All Students are welcome to join WIE Tuesday activities with their friends. They will play soccer, cricket and badminton, visit Hamilton gardens and Hamilton lake. Sometimes students will have Billiards or Ping Pong competitions. Students play in groups with their friends from different countries. Not only do students learn about team works but also improve their communication skills with students from multiple different L1 backgrounds.

English Corner

There are no students who don’t want to learn English by playing fun games. WIE provides great opportunities for our students to improve their English every Wednesday in English Corner. Students will play Pictionary and Jenga, Headbanz, Concept, Duck, Duck Goose, Music Chair and any fun game you can think of. All games are designed especially for students learning English.

Cambridge Pre-test

WIE has been one of the Cambridge Pre-test Centres since 2014. WIE receives test papers from Cambridge Assessment, administrates the tests and returns the test papers back to Cambridge Assessment. Pre-tests give students the opportunity to practise taking a Cambridge English exam using genuine questions under exam conditions. Pre-test also helps students know which areas they need most practice in and gives them experience and confidence in taking tests. There are only limited spaces for WIE pre-tests. Make sure you book your spot in advance.

IELTS Mock Test
WIE also has IELTS Mock Tests every Thursday. Mock tests give students additional practice for preparing for the IELTS exam. Teachers answer students’ questions and give students suggestions on how to improve their exam skills. Mock tests are also a great way to test students’ English level and help them to use more suitable materials to prepare for the exam.

Social Club

WIE runs Social Club every Friday which helps students’ speaking in authentic environments. Students may go to local cafés and try different types of coffee. Students may also go to local restaurants and try their special drinks and food. There are also many snack bars around Hamilton, students love the unique environments and sharing their experiences with their friends.

Pronunciation Class

IELTS Preparation Course Fee Information IELTS Books

Scholarships available to IELTS students

For details on course fees please see Courses & Fees.






Waikato Institute of Education
Address: Level 1, Tower Building, 48
Ward Street,
PO Box 773, Hamilton, New Zealand
Phone: 64 - 7 - 8382450   Fax: 64 - 7 - 838 2453