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What is IELTS Indicator?

IELTS Indicator is an online test of English Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, which has been developed to support Educational Institutions with prospective student applications during the COVID-19 crisis.

IELTS Indicator follows the same content, format, structure and timing of an IELTS test and so will be familiar to test takers. IELTS Indicator Speaking test continues to value the importance of face-to-face conversational English as it is 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.

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IELTS Indicator is a great way to gauge the English Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking levels of your prospective students

IELTS Indicator is an official IELTS product you can trust

The IELTS Indicator test uses official IELTS test questions and is marked using IELTS test criteria by qualified IELTS examiners

IELTS Indicator Speaking test is conducted over video call with an IELTS Examiner to assess real life conversational English ability – just like in the real world

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Frequently Asked Questions

General questions

How is IELTS Indicator different from the IELTS test?

IELTS Indicator is a session-based online test that can be taken from home. The test is the same as IELTS in terms of content, format, structure and timing so is familiar for test takers.

Results are indicative as they may not be the same as what would be achieved in a high stakes, secure, test centre environment.


Where is the IELTS Indicator being offered?

The test is available for a limited time in certain locations where IELTS testing is currently limited or suspended due to COVID-19. It is not available in mainland China. Country availability will continue to be updated in the coming weeks.

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

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Argentina, Armenia, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, Chile, Colombia, Congo (Democratic Republic of the), Ethiopia, France, Ghana, India, Iraq, Israel, Kenya, Kosovo, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mauritania, Mexico, Montenegro, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, North Macedonia, Liberia, Paraguay, Pakistan, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Zambia

How is this test delivered?

It is an online test that can be taken from homewith a laptop or desktop computer and internet access. Test takers will need to do the test on a Secure Exam Browser (SEB), which disables other applications on that device.

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 utilises real time video communications tool to achieve this. 

By hosting the Speaking test with a trained examiner, IELTS Indicator maintains focus on assessing real life conversational English ability – just like in the real world. No penalties for accents and no attempting to game a computer algorithm. 


How much do test takers have to pay for IELTS Indicator?

The test fee is $149 USD.

Who marks the IELTS Indicator test? 

Responses are marked by trained certified IELTS Examiners, following the IELTS marking criteria. 

How frequently will this be offered in a specific market?

IELTS Indicator is available once a week at set times to test takers.

Will the test be timed?

The time window for the test is strictly controlled, so each section will be time-bound and is the same timing as used in IELTS.

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. 

Will IELTS Indicator replace IELTS?

While it is not intended to replace IELTS, education institutions will be able to use IELTS Indicator results to help assess students’ applications during this period of suspended in-person testing.   

Will this test cover 3-skills or 4-skills? Will there be a Speaking section?

IELTS Indicator tests all four skills – Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing. To ensure that the test focuses on real-life conversation skills, students will conduct their Speaking test face-to-face with a trained IELTS Examiner via video call.

When will General Training be available?

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.

Is the Safe Exam Browser available on iOS?

IELTS Indicator is only available for Windows PC and MacOS computers. IELTS Indicator cannot be taken using a mobile or tablet device.

About IELTS Indicator Scores

Will the test taker receive an overall score and scores for each skill?

An overall indicative score will be given to test takers as well as scores for each section of the test.

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


When will IELTS Indicator results be released?

Test takers will receive their results within 7 calendar days of completing all sections of the test.

Do I need to register to receive IELTS Indicator Scores?

Yes, you will need to register your organisation to receive IELTS Indicator scores. You can easily do so by completing a registration form.


As part of the registration process you can provide your score requirements for IELTS Indicator and you can then request access to check and download IELTS Indicator scores. 

You can also ask applicants to provide their Indicator Score ID to you with which you can verify their results online.

How will I receive the IELTS Indicator Scores?

You will be able to electronically download IELTS Indicator scores of all test takers who have applied to your organisation.

Can I verify the IELTS Indicator Scores on the current verification service?

No. A new website to check IELTS Indicator scores will be the web portal for organisations to check that the results they are receiving from applicants are genuine. By completing the online registration form, organisations will gain access to this portal.

Can I verify the IELTS Indicator Scores?

Yes. To access your applicants’ IELTS Indicator scores, you will need to check their score on the IELTS Indicator Score Check using the Indicator Score ID they provide you.

Why should I use IELTS Indicator scores?  

IELTS Indicator is designed to support organisations during the COVID-19 situation. It uses official IELTS test questions and test taker’s performance is marked by qualified IELTS examiners. Therefore, in terms of test construction and assessment, IELTS Indicator is a valid assessment of English language proficiency.

What accessibility features does IELTS Indicator provide?  

By 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. 

About IELTS Indicator Security

Will IELTS Indicator be a proctored test?

IELTS Indicator features a combination of AI and human proctoring. During the Listening, Reading and Writing tests, video and audio will be recorded from the test taker’s camera and microphone, as well as a recording of their computer screen throughout the test. Each test taker’s test session will be assessed for possible malpractice through a combination of AI and human invigilation. Where malpractice is detected, the test taker will not receive an IELTS Indicator result.

How are identity checks carried out?

At registration test takers will be required to submit an accepted photo identity document. This will be used to ensure no previously banned IELTS test takers are able to sit IELTS Indicator. A combination of AI and human ID verification is used for the Listening, Reading and Writing test sections and the test taker will be required to take a photo of themselves and show and take a photo of their ID before the test commences. The Speaking test is conducted live via video by an IELTS Speaking Examiner and the test taker will be required to show their ID before the test commences.

How will it be ensured that test takers are not using another device next to the one with the secure browser during the test? Will the test session be recorded or the room checked via webcam?

To prevent cheating, the Listening, Reading and Writing sections are proctored; capturing recordings using the test taker’s camera, microphone and of their computer screen during the test. This is then assessed using a combination of AI and human invigilation to detect attempts at malpractice. Speaking tests are conducted live via video call by an IELTS Speaking Examiner, this method of testing significantly reduces opportunities to attempt malpractice. Any confirmed malpractice will lead to the test taker receiving no result for their test. The video recording captured will not take a 360 view of the test taker’s room, however will detect suspicious behaviour that may indicate malpractice e.g. the test taker looking away from their main device to use another device.

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