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Taking IELTS from home


To see all updates on the COVID-19 and IELTS see our updates article here.

Big news! IELTS has launched IELTS Indicator, an online English language test for students who are unable to attend an IELTS test centre due to COVID-19 restrictions.

IELTS Indicator assesses your English language skills in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking in the same way as the computer-delivered test, but with one huge difference: you can take it from the comfort of your own home. 

Please note that the IELTS Indicator test is not yet accepted by many organisations or institutions. So, before you book, it’s essential that you check whether the IELTS Indicator test is right for you. Contact the university or institution where you wish to apply.

Information is still arriving, but for now, we’ve answered these 8 big questions about IELTS Indicator. We’ll update you as soon as we learn more!

  1. How does IELTS Indicator work?
  2. It is for General and Academic IELTS?
  3. Which countries offer IELTS Indicator and how often?
  4. How much is it?
  5. How is the Speaking test conducted?
  6. How is it scored?
  7. Who accepts it?
  8. How is it different from the real IELTS?

How does IELTS Indicator work?

You can take the IELTS Indicator on any computer or laptop with reliable internet. 

You need to complete the Listening, Reading and Writing tests in one sitting (approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes), without a break, just like the real test. Your Speaking test is conducted via Zoom with an examiner on another day before or after you do the Listening, Reading and Writing sections.

To take the test at home, you need:

  • a quiet, comfortable space where you will not be interrupted
  • a laptop or desktop computer that meets the minimum and recommended system requirements
  • a reliable internet connect
  • a Safe Exam Browser (SEB), which need to download and install prior to the test
  • headphones (wired or wireless) for good sound quality in the Listening section
  • a web camera
  • the Zoom app downloaded onto your computer 

Is it for General and Academic IELTS?

Currently, the IELTS Indicator is only available for Academic IELTS. We will update you if and when General becomes available.

Which countries offer IELTS Indicator and how often?

The Indicator test will be available in selected locations where IELTS testing has been suspended due to COVID-19. Find up-to-date info about your country here, and contact your test centre directly for details about your test.

In selected locations, the IELTS Indicator test will be delivered online once a week at scheduled times.

How much is it?

The price is $149USD.

How is the Speaking test conducted?

The Speaking test will be conducted with an IELTS Examiner using Zoom. It will follow the same format as the usual Speaking test.

How is it scored?

Your Writing and Speaking will be scored by trained IELTS examiners in the same way as the regular IELTS. You will receive your score within 7 days.

Who accepts IELTS Indicator?

UPDATE: A growing list of universities and institutions now accept Indicator scores. Find the full current list here

We still strongly recommend that you confirm that your university or organisation will accept the Indicator results before you book and pay. This is extremely important! Make sure they know the difference between IELTS and IELTS Indicator, and get confirmation from them in writing if they tell you they’ll accept Indicator results for admission.

How is it different from ‘normal’ IELTS?

In terms of functionality, the IELTS Indicator mirrors the computer-delivered test. This means you will be able to highlight and take notes on the screen, drag and drop where needed, see your word count in the Writing tests, copy and paste, and so on. 

Click here for more information about computer-delivered IELTS, or watch this video for our top tips.

The biggest difference is that the scores you receive are considered to be an ‘indication’, rather than a formal statement of results. This is why it is unclear whether the results will be accepted by organisations. We’ll keep you posted on this!

While we wait for more information to arrive, we encourage you to continue your test preparation, attend Live Classes, submit your work for feedback, and keep in touch with us; we’re here to help! 

Email us: [email protected]

Find more information about IELTS Indicator here.

If you want to try a full computer-delivered IELTS test, we’ve got just the thing!

Take the IELTS General Mock Test or IELTS Academic Mock Test with E2 to receive band score estimates on all four skills plus detailed diagnostic feedback on your Speaking and Writing from our IELTS experts. 

Written by Alex 

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