IELTS Indicator is an online test that can be taken from the comfort and safety of your home. The test includes four skills – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, and you will receive an indicative score for each. Your performance will be marked by IELTS examiners and you will receive your result within seven days.
The test is available for a limited time while IELTS testing is currently suspended due to COVID-19. Educational providers can use IELTS Indicator to help them gauge the English language ability of future students while IELTS testing is suspended.
As IELTS Indicator provides an indicative score only, it is not accepted by all organizations. Before you book, be sure to check with your university or educational institution.
Bookings will open for IELTS Indicator on 22 April 2020.
1) Which Countries and How Much?
This new IELTS test is only available in some countries where the Coronavirus has caused tests to be suspended. The countries where this test will be available will be released on April 22nd when booking opens. It is only available for a limited time!! FEES: IELTS will release information about the fees on April 22nd as well.
2) Does this Test have all Four Skills?
Yes, it does. It will be the same as the Computer-Based IELTS test and will cover all 4 skills. If you are unfamiliar with the computer-based test, read this page: IELTS Computer Test Pros and Cons. You can also find practice questions to get used to using a computer for your test on the IELTS BC website for free.
The results for the IELTS Indicator test will arrive within 7 days.
As with a normal IELTS test, each section of the test will be strictly timed. For example, you will have one hour for reading, not more and not less.
Official IELTS examiners will mark the IELTS Indicator test in the same way and with the same marking criteria as the normal IELTS test.
3) GT or Academic IELTS?
This new Indicator IELTS test is only available for the Academic IELTS test at present. However, let’s keep checking later this month for updates. Hopefully, at some point, the GT test might also be available. Fingers crossed.
4) Difference between an IELTS Test and an IELTS Indicator Test?
For the test format and difficulty level, IELTS Indicator is the same as any other IELTS test.
However, there is a difference. The IELTS test is well known and accepted by the organisation and educational institutions around the world. The IELTS Indicator Test has been created only for this current period of global difficulties. Not all organizations or institutions will accept it.
This means you must contact the university or organization that you are applying to before you book the test. You must get confirmation from them (in writing preferably) that they will accept these results.
5) Can I use it for Immigration?
No, you can’t. This new Indicator IELTS test is for those wishing to enter Higher Education, according to IELTS Official. However, as I mentioned above, we need to keep checking this information as things might change later this month or next month.
6) What you Need at Home to Take the Test
You need to have:
■ guaranteed quiet space for the length of the test. Once the LR&W sections begin, you can’t take a break. The test will run and you can’t stop it or pause it. Any unwanted interruption in your home and you will lose time and lose marks. ■ Laptop or Desktop (Mac or PC). Not a tablet or phone. ■ Strong, reliable internet connection. If your internet connection is not stable, you shouldn’t take this test. ■ Speakers or headphones to listen to the listening test. Do a volume check before you start your test. Make sure it’s all working properly. ■ Computer with a microphone for your speaking test.