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Great news! IELTS has announced a temporary online option – IELTS Indicator – for those of you who are unable to sit exams due to coronavirus restrictions. IELTS Indicator was designed to support your progress in your University and Educational Institution applications during the COVID-19 crisis. Please watch this video and read all information in this article carefully before applying.
What is the new IELTS test – IELTS Indicator?
IELTS Indicator is an online test that can be taken from the safety and comfort of your home. It is available for a limited time while IELTS testing is currently suspended due to COVID-19. The test includes four skills – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking of the Academic training marked by real IELTS markers and examiners. IELTS Indicator is an official IELTS product you can trust. However, it is not yet accepted by all organisations. Before you book, be sure to check the list below or contact your university or educational institution.
Who accepts IELTS Indicator?
As of 4th of May, 2020 and based on the official IELTS Indicator website, IELTS Indicator is accepted by the following institutions:
Australian Film, Television and Radio School
Australian Institute of Higher Education
Bella College Australia
English Language Studies for Pastoral Ministry
La Trobe College Australia
Le Cordon Bleu Australia
Newcastle International College
Western Sydney University International Admissions
Western Sydney University International Office
Mount Royal University
Red Deer College
Royal Roads University
UBC Sauder School of Business
University of Lethbridge
University of Northern British Columbia
Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University
Architectural Association School of Architecture
Birkbeck, University of London
Brunel University London
Goldsmiths, University of London
Hartpury University & College
Leeds College of Music
London Brunel International College
Norwich University of the Arts
Queen’s University Belfast
Robert Gordon University
St Mary’s University
The London Film School
The University of Northampton International College
Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
University College London
University of Stirling
University of Ulster
University of West England, Bristol
University of Winchester
University of Wolverhampton
The University of Hong Kong
Technological University Dublin
Colegio Sagrado Corazon
Awesome Language Center
EMS Language Centre
Newton College of Business and Technology
Pacific International Hotel Management School
Professional Business & Restaurant School (PBRS)
Southern Institute of Technology
Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology
University of Otago – Foundation Studies
Western Institute of Technology at Taranak
United States of America
American University Undergraduate Admissions
Auburn University at Montgomery
Boise State University Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions
California College of the Arts, San Francisco Campus
California State University, East Bay
Carnegie Mellon University Integrated Innovation Institute
Chapman University Graduate Admissions
College of Charleston Undergraduate Admissions
DePaul University Graduate Admissions
DePaul University Undergraduate Admissions
Eastern Michigan University
Fairleigh Dickinson University
George Mason University
Georgetown University Graduate Admissions
Gonzaga University Undergraduate Admissions
Husson University International Admissions
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis International Undergraduate Admissions
Mesa Community College
Miami University Undergraduate Admission
Montana State University Bozeman Undergraduate Admissions
Northeastern University College of Social Sciences and Humanities – Graduate Programs
Northern Arizona University Center for Intl Education
Ohio University Graduate College
Ohio University Undergraduate Admissions
Old Dominion University
Point Loma Nazarene University Undergraduate Admissions
Portland State University Graduate School
Purdue University Undergraduate Admissions
Rochester Institute of Technology Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions
Rutgers University, New Brunswick Undergraduate Admissions
Saint Michael’s College
Savannah College of Art and Design All Campuses
St. Mary’s University Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions
Syracuse University Undergraduate Admissions
Syracuse University Graduate Admissions
Temple University Beasley School of Law
Trinidad State Junior College
University of Alabama, Huntsville
University of Central Florida Graduate Admissions
University of Colorado Colorado Springs
University of Colorado Denver
University of Dayton Office of International Admissions
University of Delaware Graduate Admissions
University of Idaho Graduate Admissions
University of Michigan Ann Arbor
University of Missouri
University of Northern Iowa
University of Portland Undergraduate Admissions
University of South Dakota
University of Texas, Tyler – Office of Graduate Admissions
University of Tulsa Undergraduate Admissions
University of Virginia McIntire School of Commerce
University of West Georgia
University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
Valdosta State University
Wake Forest University School of Business
Westminster College, Utah
Wichita State University Graduate School
Wichita State University Undergraduate Admissions
Winona State University
Who is the IELTS Indicator test for?
The IELTS Indicator test is designed for those who meet ALL of the following conditions:
You are planning to study abroad in the next few months and the university requires proof of your English level.
You are unable to take the IELTS test in your country due to coronavirus restrictions.
You have contacted your university or educational institution about IELTS Indicator and they confirmed that they accept IELTS Indicator.
You are taking the IELTS Academic test. IELTS Indicator does not (yet) include the general training for immigration purposes.
You have all the test requirements below.
Test Requirements – What do you need to take the IELTS Indicator test?
Before booking the IELTS Indicator Academic test, make sure you have the necessary equipment and set-up.
A quiet and comfortable space to take the test. Like the in-person test, you can’t take a break once the Listening, Reading and Writing sections begin. You can’t stop or pause the test so you should eliminate any unnecessary interruption in your home so you won’t lose time and marks.
A laptop or desktop computer – Mac or PC only. You cannot take IELTS Indicator on a mobile or a tablet device.
A reliable internet connection. Don’t take the test, if you don’t have a stable internet connection.
Speaker or headphones for good sound quality during your Listening test. Don’t forget to do a volume test before your test starts.
A working web camera and microphone so you can complete your Speaking test. Make sure it’s all working properly.
Your computer must meet the minimum and recommended system requirements. For example, you will need to have the Zoom application downloaded on your computer and the ability to download and install a Safe Exam Browser (SEB).
For more information about computer equipment requirements and instructions on how to download the programs you need, read this page.
How does IELTS Indicator test work?
You can take the IELTS Indicator on any suitable desktop computer or laptop with reliable internet access.
It is recommended to perform a computer check at least 3 days before your test so as to make sure that it works fine. If you have Windows, read this guide. If you have a Macbook, read this guide.
In addition, you should read the test day guide to give you an understanding of how to log in and what to expect in the test.
You will need to complete the Listening, Reading, and Writing in one sitting – approximately 2 hours 45 minutes. The Speaking test will be conducted separately. You will do the Speaking test with an examiner face-to-face over a computer using a video call with the Zoom application. Please read the IELTS Indicator test day Speaking guide.
As with the normal IELTS test, each section will be strictly timed. So make sure you prepare well and master all the IELTS strategies in which you can find in this complete online preparation course.
Official IELTS examiners will mark the IELTS Indicator test in the same way and with the same marking criteria as the normal IELTS test. You will receive your results within seven days of completing all sections of the test.
When does the test take place?
IELTS Indicator Academic test will take place once a week. The next available dates are on April 29, May 6 and May 13 at 8:00am UK time. You can view the time of the test in your local time-zone before booking the test. To book your test, visit https://www.ieltsindicator.com/book/.
How much does IELTS Indicator cost?
IELTS Indicator costs $149USD. So you need to prepare well before booking.
How do you prepare for the IELTS Indicator test ?
The test format and the difficulty level of the IELTS Indicator test is exactly the same as the normal IELTS test, paper based or computer based. So you should prepare the same way as you would for the normal IELTS test.
Nevertheless, it is important to practise on a computer since you will be taking the test on a computer. You can find free practice tests for computer-delivered IELTS on the official British Council page. You can also practise answering Writing, and Reading questions on your computer by completing the assignments of our complete IELTS preparation course.
It is equally important to prepare well by learning and practising all the IELTS strategies, tips and techniques you need to know to achieve a high band score. Our online complete IELTS preparation course provides everything you need to learn as well as extra practise material for you, so do check it out.
IELTS Indicator is available only in some countries. If the IELTS test is suspended in your country due to coronavirus restrictions, but IELTS Indicator is not available in your country you need to check this page regularly as this might change.
Finally, before booking the IELTS Indicator test you should:
Be sure that the university and organisation you are applying to will accept this new IELTS test.
Have all the necessary equipment and set-up (read Instructions).