What is IELTS Indicator Test

What is an IELTS Indicator Test ?

IELTS Indicator – An online home based test to support you during the COVID-19 pandemic


IELTS testing is suspended at the moment in many countries due to the Covid-19 situation. To address this, the IELTS partners (the British CouncilIDP and Cambridge Assessment English) have introduced IELTS Indicator, a home based online test to help you move forward with your plans and applications for studying abroad during these challenging times.

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. 

Your performance will be marked by IELTS examiners and you will receive your result within seven days. The test is available for a limited time while IELTS testing is currently suspended due to COVID-19.

Watch this short video to learn more.



Please note that the IELTS Indicator test is not yet accepted by many organisations or institutions. So, before you book, it’s important that you check whether the IELTS Indicator test is right for you. Before you book, be sure to check with your university or educational institution if they will accept the result.

Bookings will open for IELTS Indicator on 22 April 2020. You can book the official test here https://www.ieltsindicator.com/.

we’ve answered some frequently answered questions in this post. Feel free to comment below in case of any additional queries.

How can I register for the IELTS Indicator test?

Bookings are available on the IELTS booking system.

Where will this test take place?

It is an online test and can be taken from the comfort of your home.

How frequently will this be offered?

IELTS Indicator Academic test will take place once a week.

Will it be offered globally to all prospective test takers?

The test is available for a limited time in certain locations where IELTS testing is currently limited or suspended due to COVID-19. 

At the moment IELTS Indicator is available in the following countries:

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.

How much do test takers need to pay for an IELTS Indicator Test?

The test fee is $149 USD.

Is IELTS Indicator available in the General Training Test format?

IELTS Indicator is only available as an Academic Test at the moment. It has been designed to support students who want to progress their University and Educational Institution applications during the COVID-19 crisis. It has not been developed for migration purposes yet.

What accessibility features does IELTS Indicator provide?

The default, font sizes, line spacing and spacing between questions are designed to maintain readability of the information presented on the available screen space. IELTS Indicator also provides the option to enlarge the font size and change the colour settings to suit your needs.

What identity security standards will be in place for the IELTS Indicator?

Test takers will need to provide their passport and identity document details when booking an IELTS Indicator Test. Test takers will also be requested to show their passport and identity document during the Speaking Test which is conducted over a video call on Zoom.

Will the test be timed?

The time window for the test will be strictly controlled, so each section will be time-bound. You need to complete the test in one sitting, so be sure you have availability for the full duration of the Listening, Reading and Writing sections – approximately 2 hours 45 minutes. You cannot pause the test and come back later. Your Speaking test will be conducted separately.

How is IELTS Indicator different from the IELTS Test?

IELTS Indicator is a session-based online IELTS Test that can be taken from home. The test is the same as IELTS in terms of content, format, structure and timing. Results are indicative as they may not be the same as what would be achieved in a high stakes, secure, test centre environment.

How is the IELTS Indicator Speaking Test different from the IELTS Speaking Test?

Both IELTS and IELTS Indicator have a one-to-one Speaking test with a qualified IELTS Examiner. IELTS Indicator uses a real time video communications tool to do this. By hosting the Speaking Test with a trained examiner, IELTS Indicator can focus on assessing a test takers real life conversational English skills, just like in the real world.

What should I have with me during the Speaking test?

For your Speaking test you will need to have your passport / identity document which you booked your IELTS Indicator test with, along with a paper and pen. You have to download Zoom video call application to your laptop or computer and ensure you have a web camera.

What if I don’t have a web camera?

You need a working camera to be able to take the test.

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 confirm with your university or education provider before you book.

When will the result be released?

You will receive your results within 7 days of completing all sections of the test.

Will I get a score for each section along with an overall score?

You will receive an indicative score for each section along with an overall indicative score. Indicative scores will help you know how you performed and where you need to improve.

Who will mark the IELTS Indicator test?

Like in the IELTS Academic, responses are marked by trained and certified IELTS Examiners who strictly follow the IELTS marking criteria.

Will the test taker receive an overall score for each part of the test (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking)?

Test takers will be given an indicative overall band score as well as a band score for each part of the IELTS Test.

Will score ranges for IELTS Indicator be the same as for the regular IELTS in-person test?


Reference Website: https://www.ieltsessentials.com/about/faqs/ielts-indicator-faqs

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