IELTS Indicator: at-home Test for English language during Covid-19

Not possible to take the IELTS at an official test centre? IELTS Indicator is the online test that you can use to safely demonstrate your English language skills during the Covid-19 shutdown. IELTS Indicator can be taken from the comfort of your home. The test is available once a week and covers all four skills; Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The test uses live test questions and is marked by IELTS examiners. You will get an indicative score for each section and an overall band score within 7 days of taking your test.

It is important to note that the IELTS Indicator is not a substitute for the in-person IELTS test. A test taker may still need to take an in-person IELTS test at a test centre once testing resumes to meet the requirements of their university or education provider. Please check with your university if they accept the IELTS indicator score.

Benefits of IELTS Indicator

For test takers

Will give you an opportunity to measure your ability in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
Can be completed at home, online while IELTS testing has been suspended in some locations
Universities and educational institutions can use IELTS Indicator for application purposes
IELTS Indicator is an official IELTS product you can trust


For universities and education providers

It is a great way to gauge the English Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking levels of your prospective students
The IELTS Indicator test uses official IELTS test questions and is marked using IELTS test criteria by qualified IELTS examiners
It is available in countries where IELTS testing has been suspended due to Covid-19


Details of how the Test works

You can take the IELTS Indicator on any suitable desktop computer or laptop with reliable internet access.
You will need to complete the Listening, Reading, and Writing in one sitting. The Speaking test will take place either a few days before or after the Listening, Reading, and Writing test.


Where can you take the IELTS Indicator?

You can take the IELTS Indicator at the following locations:
Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sri lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.


What will I need to take the test?

A quiet and comfortable space
A laptop or desktop computer (Mac or PC only – you cannot take IELTS Indicator on mobile)
A computer that meets the minimum and recommended system requirements
A reliable internet connection
the ability to download and install a Safe Exam Browser (SEB) on your computer (Windows and Mac OS).
Wired or wireless headphones (for good sound quality during your Listening test)
a working web camera
Zoom application downloaded on your laptop.


How IELTS Indicator works

It’s a live, online test with an allocated start time and duration – to take it you need a suitable computer with reliable internet access. The Listening, Reading and Writing parts of the test need to be completed in one sitting, with the Speaking test happening a few days before or after the other sections.


The key features of IELTS Indicator

It’s held once a week online
IELTS indicator is online, so you can take it at home and stay safe – and it’s held once a week at a scheduled time.

It covers the four skills
The online test assesses each of the IELTS skill areas: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The Speaking test is delivered via video call with a fully qualified and trained examiner, maintaining IELTS focus on assessing conversational English proficiency.

It’s an official IELTS product
IELTS Indicator is a timed test that matches the structure of an in-person test. It remains reliable, fair and accurate, because it uses standard IELTS marking procedures and official IELTS examiners.

It gives you an indicative score
You will get your scores within seven days – both an indicative score for each section and an overall band score.

It is not a substitute for the in-person IELTS
Once testing resumes, your university or education provider may ask you to take the in-person IELTS, even if you have taken IELTS Indicator.

Who accepts IELTS Indicator?
Please check with your university on whether they accept it before booking.

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