IELTS Exam, which is short for the International English Language Testing System, is one of the most popular English language proficiency tests for getting enrollment in international institutions. As IELTS testing is suspended due to COVID-19, the British Council has released a temporary online version called IELTS Indicator. It is an online test that can be taken at your comfort and safety from your home. It is designed to help keep your education goals on track.
IELTS indicator test
The test has launched in the countries where IELTS testing has been suspended, with bookings for the exam opening from 22nd of April. You must be 16 years or older to take IELTS Indicator. IELTS Indicator test follows the same IELTS syllabus, IELTS exam pattern, and timing as taken in the test centres. The IELTS indicator test consists of 4 skills, Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, and you will receive an indicative score for each. As IELTS Indicator test produces only an indicative score, it is not accepted by many of the institutions so before you register for the exam, make sure to check with your university or college.
Registration for IELTS Indicator test
- Go to the website https://www.ieltsindicator.com/ and click on Book now.
- On the next page, you must select the country from where you are going to give the test and then click on submit.
- On the next page again select your country and the date of test as well.
- Then click on “Create account”
- It will take you to a page where you have to put all your personal details such as name, date of birth, email id etc.
- Then select your marketing preferences and read the terms and condition and accept it. Then click on register.
- Then login into you account recently created, with your email id and password.
- Add more details such as your mobile number, gender your Identification document mainly passport.
- Agree to the terms and condition and click on pay now.
- Pay the fee. You have now booked the exam.
Checklist for the IELTS exam from home
- A quiet and comfortable space to take your test
- A laptop or desktop computer (Mac or PC only. You cannot take IELTS Indicator on a mobile or tablet device)
- A most recent version of Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge
- Ensure you have a web camera.
- A stable internet connection(Upload speed of 1Mbps and Download speed of 2Mbps)
- A working microphone so you can complete your Speaking test
- Speakers or headphones connected to your computer (for audio during your Listening and Speaking test)
- To complete the IELTS Indicator, you are required to download a Safe Exam Browser (SEB) & Zoom.
IELTS indicator test fee
The fees for IELTS indicator test is less than other IELTS exams which are accepted worldwide. It is launched recently and yet many institutions don’t accept the scores of it. The fee for IELTS indicator test is 149 USD. You will receive your results of this test within seven days of completing all the sections of IELTS indicator test.
IELTS home-based test Experience
- 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 make sure you have availability for the full time of approximately 2 hours 45 minutes. You cannot stop or pause the test and come back later. Only the Speaking section of the test will be conducted separately.
- The duration is the same as IELTS given at test centres. Listening section will be for 30 minutes, followed by a Reading section with 60 minutes and then Writing section for which time will be 60 minutes. The Speaking section will take 11-14 minutes which can be held either before or after the Listening, Reading and Writing test.
- 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.
- Availability for the full duration of the Listening, Reading and Writing test – approximately 2 hours 45 minutes.
As IELTS Indicator test does not substitute a face to face IELTS test at a test centre, it is not accepted by all the institutions in the world. so we suggest you check with your university or education provider before you book if they accept it or not.