System Requirements



Your IELTS Indicator test uses a Secure Exam Browser (SEB), which can be installed and run on a Windows PC or MacOS.


The following operating systems are compatible with the Secure Exam Browser:


Minimum Recommended
  • 64 bit Windows 7
  • MacOS 10.12
  • 64 bit Windows 10
  • MacOS latest


You will need to download and install a Secure Exam Browser (SEB) to conduct your Listening, Reading and Writing test, and you will need to download Zoom for your Speaking test. You will be sent instructions via email about how you can download and install these applications, before your IELTS Indicator test. 




The Secure Exam Browser (SEB) will occupy a small amount of hard disk space on your PC or Mac. Please ensure you have sufficient free hard disk space to enable the installation to proceed.


  • Windows PC: 121 MB of free disk space required
  • Mac: 10.1 MB of free disk space required


You will need the following to complete your IELTS Indicator test: 

  • Speakers or Headphones so you can hear the audio during your Listening test
  • Microphone so your examiner can hear you during your Speaking test
  • Camera so your examiner can see you during your Speaking test 


Administrator Privileges


You must have Administrator Privileges on your computer to install the SEB. You cannot install it as standard user. Administrator Privileges is also required to start, restart or close the SEB in the event of interruptions to the service. 


Web browsers


In certain circumstances, the IELTS Indicator test can also be used with a regular web browser. The two most recent versions of the following web browsers are supported:


  • Google Chrome
  • Apple Safari (for MacOS X)
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Microsoft Edge


We recommend that you install the latest versions of these browsers as they are released.


Note that this only defines the recommended browsers. Other browser versions and vendors that follow modern web standards can also be used.






An internet connection is required to download the Secure Exam Browser (SEB) and take the IELTS Indicator Test. The minimum and recommended internet requirements are below:


Minimum Recommended
Download speed: 512 Kbps
Upload speed: 512 Kbps
Download speed: >2 Mbps
Upload speed: >1 Mbps


Speaking test



Your speaking test will be conducted over Zoom. For further information please read Zoom’s system requirements.   


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