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IELTS Indicator new online test to support students impacted by COVID-19 restrictions

IELTS has launched IELTS Indicator, an online English language test for students not able to attend an IELTS test centre due to the COVID-19 related restrictions.

IELTS Indicator will assess a student’s English language skills in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking in a timed, online test from the comfort of their home.

IELTS Indicator content has been developed using the same high-quality standards as for all IELTS tests and has the same format and timing as the in-person IELTS. Tests will be marked by official IELTS Examiners.

As with a normal IELTS test, each section of the test will be strictly timed. For example, you will have one hour for reading, not more and not less.

It will be the same as the Computer-Based IELTS test and will cover all 4 skills. If you are unfamiliar with the computer-based test, please do some research using the internet. You can also find practice questions to get used to using a computer for your test on the IELTS British Council website for free.

How can you register for the IELTS Indicator test?
— Visit to book your test. Bookings will be open from 22 April 2020. 

How frequently will this be offered in a specific market?
— IELTS Indicator Academic test will take place once a week.

How will I know if my university or college is happy to use the indicative scores?
— As IELTS Indicator does not replace an in-person IELTS test at a test centre, it is not accepted by all organisations. We recommend that you check with your university or education provider before you book.

The results for the IELTS Indicator test will arrive within 7 days.

Official IELTS examiners will mark the IELTS Indicator test in the same way and with the same marking criteria as the normal IELTS test.

The Indicator test will be available in selected locations where it is not currently possible to deliver in-person IELTS testing.

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

Currently IELTS Indicator is only available as an Academic test. IELTS Indicator has been designed to support students’ progress their University and Educational Institution applications during the COVID-19 crisis and has not been developed for migration purposes.

Before you book – complete the IELTS Indicator checklist

Do you have the following?

  • A quiet and comfortable space to take your test
  • A laptop or desktop computer (Mac or PC only; you cannot take IELTS Indicator on a mobile or tablet device)
  • A stable internet connection
  • A working microphone and web camera so you can complete your Speaking test
  • Speakers or headphones connected to your computer (for audio during your Listening test)
  • Availability for the full duration of the Listening, Reading and Writing test – approximately 2 hours 45 minutes. These sections of the test need to be completed in one sitting; you cannot pause and come back later. Your Speaking test will be conducted separately.
  • As IELTS Indicator does not replace in-person testing, it is not accepted by all organisations. Before you book, be sure to check with your university or educational institution

IELTS Indicator bookings will be available from 22 April 2020.

To learn more about IELTS Indicator, please visit

**Information about this IELTS Indicator is collected from IELTS official website, IELTS Indicator and IELTS Liz website.

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