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Let’s face it, over the past couple of decades, everyday life has been getting faster and faster thanks to huge strides in technology. Global reach, quicker response times and remote access are part of living, studying and working in the 21st century – no matter where you are.

So with that in mind, IELTS has introduced a new way of testing, all without having to leave the comfort of your own home. No more having to search for a testing centre near you – now it’s all online. All you need to do is book an online test time that suits you, then make sure you’re prepared so you can pass the test first time. And if you’re looking for support to ace your test, then say no more; E2 is a leading provider of IELTS test preparation, and we’re proud to say that we’ve helped more than 450,000 IELTS students from around the world successfully pass their tests. 

So sign up for the FREE trial of IELTS and you’ll know you’re in safe hands.

What is IELTS Online?

IELTS Online is the new digital version of the traditional IELTS exam, but the difference is that it can be taken at home. It allows students to broaden their horizons and continue their education journey through a new, flexible way of taking the IELTS exam. So if you didn’t have a testing centre close to you before – no problem!  You can now take the test anytime, in a wide range of locations around the world. 

It should be noted that IELTS Online is for IELTS Academic testing only. If you need to sit the IELTS General exam for visa and immigration purposes, then you’ll need to contact your nearest authorised IELTS testing centre to arrange a face-to-face appointment. 

Is IELTS Online testing the same as face-to-face testing?

The IELTS Online test offers practically all the same features as the paper and computer versions taken at a test centre, with the added benefits of flexibility, comfort and efficiency. The test format, scoring, and timing of the online test is exactly the same as IELTS Academic tests taken at a licensed testing centre. All Listening, Reading, and Writing tests are delivered in precisely the same way. The Speaking component of the test is conducted online via a video call with a qualified IELTS Examiner. Here’s a simple comparison of the two versions of the test:

FeatureIELTS OnlineIELTS at a test centre
Covers all four English skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and SpeakingYesYes
Available for IELTS Academic testYesYes
Available for IELTS General testNoYes
Listening and Reading tests marked electronicallyYesYes
Writing and Speaking tests marked by official IELTS examinersYesYes
Headphones allowedNoYes
Support during your testChat and virtual supportPersonal support
Comparison between IELTS Online and IELTS at a test centre

In my home country, will I be able to complete the test online?

As long as you have access to the Internet and a private space to complete your test, the answer is most likely a resounding yes. As of 2022, IELTS widened its accessibility to over 30 countries throughout Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Europe for online IELTS Academic testing. These countries include the following:

​​Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Cameroon, Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Jamaica, Japan, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Morocco, Myanmar, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Zimbabwe.

Take the official IELTS Online, Anywhere

Sit the test from your home. IELTS Online test is available in selected countries.

Can IELTS General be taken online?

As mentioned earlier, only IELTS Academic can be completed online. IELTS General will still need to be taken face-to-face at a test centre.

How can I prepare for my IELTS test?

Glad you asked! E2 Test Prep offers a fantastic range of resources to help you prepare for your test, regardless of whether it’s IELTS General or IELTS Academic, online or face-to-face at a test centre. From mock tests and teacher assessments to live classes and practice questions, E2 is your one-stop-shop when it comes to IELTS test preparation.  

Keen to get started? Browse our wide range of IELTS packages suitable for any time frame or budget, or start your free trial today.

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