Frequently Asked Questions

General questions

What is the new IELTS Indicator test?

It is a test, completed online, that includes Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking sections and uses IELTS questions marked by IELTS examiners. This means that this test is more reliable than a mock test, as it provides a more accurate score.

IELTS Indicator follows the same content, format, structure and timing of an IELTS test. IELTS Indicator Speaking test continues to value the importance of face-to-face conversational English as it conducted over video call with a real IELTS examiner.

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

Is IELTS Indicator available in my country/territory?

IELTS Indicator is currently available in the following countries/territories:

Afghanistan, Angola, Belgium, Benin Republic, Bhutan, Burundi, China, Congo (Democratic Republic of the), Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Faroe Islands, France, Indonesia, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Paraguay, Romania, Rwanda, Somalia, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uganda and United States of America.

How can I register for the IELTS Indicator test?

Visit to book your test. 

Where will this test take place?

It is an online test and can be taken from the comfort of your home, provided there is internet facility. 

How frequently will this be offered in a specific market?

IELTS Indicator Academic test will take place once every second 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 restricted or suspended due to COVID-19. 

We’re working to ensure that IELTS Indicator is available where it is needed. Country availability will continue to be updated in the coming weeks. The test is not available in Mainland China.

Is IELTS Indicator accepted for economic migration to Canada?

No. IELTS Indicator is not accepted for economic migration to Canada.

Is IELTS Indicator accepted for migration to Australia?

No. IELTS Indicator is not accepted for migration to Australia.

Is IELTS Indicator accepted for migration to New Zealand?

IELTS Indicator is not appropriate for Immigration New Zealand purposes. New Zealand Immigration requests applicants book their test at an official IELTS test centre.

How much does IELTS Indicator cost?

The test fee is $149 USD.

Will there be IELTS Indicator General Training?

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.


IELTS Indicator is not accepted for economic migration to Canada.

IELTS Indicator is not accepted for migration to Australia.

Is there a minimum age requirement for test takers to be able to take IELTS Indicator?

Yes. IELTS Indicator has been designed as a test for adults, and is not recommended for those under 18 years only. Those aged 15 or under cannot take IELTS Indicator. Those aged 16 or 17 years old must get a consent form signed by a parent/guardian and will also need to have a chaperone with them during their IELTS Indicator Speaking test.  

Taking the IELTS Indicator test

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. 

What is the duration of IELTS Indicator?
It is the same duration as IELTS. Listening is for 30 minutes, followed by Reading for 60 minutes and then Writing for 60 minutes. The Speaking test can be held either before or after the Listening, Reading and Writing test and takes 11-14 minutes. 
How many individual tests will be included in IELTS Indicator? How many Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking tests?

It will include one test for each section: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

How is IELTS Indicator Speaking test different from the IELTS?

Both IELTS and IELTS Indicator have a one-to-one Speaking test with an IELTS Examiner.  IELTS Indicator Speaking test is conducted over video call. 

By hosting the Speaking test with a trained examiner, IELTS Indicator maintains focus on real life conversational English ability – just like in the real world. No penalties for accents. 

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. 

About IELTS Indicator scores

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.

When will the result be released?

You will receive your results digitally within seven 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.

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


Who will mark the IELTS Indicator test?

Responses will be marked by official IELTS examiners, following the IELTS marking criteria.