What is the IELTS Indicator?

The IELTS Indicator is a new online test that you can take in the comfort of your own home to see what score you are on track to get when you sit your IELTS exam. The test was created in response to a number of countries being on lockdown due to Covid-19.

This new test is available temporarily in certain countries while IELTS test centres are closed.

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What are the benefits of taking the IELTS indicator?

  • You'll find whether you're fully prepared for your IELTS exam.
  • You'll familiarise yourself with the exam structure and measure your ability in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
  • You can take the test even if IELTS testing has been temporarily suspended in your country due to COVID-19
  • Universities can use IELTS Indicator for application purposes
  • The test can be taken from anywhere so there's no need to travel to your local test centre
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Can I use the IELTS Indicator to get into university?

Some universities and educational institutions will use your test results to get an indicative score for your university application.

It's important to be aware that you must contact your university or educational institution directly to see if they are accepting IELTS Indicator. However, it does not replace the official in-person IELTS exam, so they might ask you to take the exam when test centres next open.

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Can you use the IELTS Indicator to apply for a UK Visa?

The new test has primarily been designed to support students’ progress to University and is not intended for migration purposes. Unfortunately, it is not a SELT (Secure English language test) so can’t be used for UKVI. However, it is still a great way of checking if you are ready for the IELTS exam and getting practice ahead of your test.

For more information about using the IELTS for migrating to the United Kingdom, visit our IELTS for UKVI page.

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What's on the test?

You will be tested on your Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking (the speaking test might take place a few days before or after the Listening, Reading and Writing papers).

The Listening, Reading and Writing papers will take approximately 2hours 45 minutes. The test will be marked by qualified IELTS examiners.

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How to prepare for the exam

British Study Centres also offers online IELTS preparation courses with highly-qualified teachers.

On this course, you'll get familiar with the exam structure and learn the strategies you need to succeed on test day.

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Test Requirements

  • A quiet space suitable for exam conditions
  • A laptop or desktop computer (the test cannot be taken on a mobile or tablet)
  • Your computer must meet the minimum and recommended system requirements
  • A stable internet connection
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Microphone and camera
  • Valid passport or photo ID

How to book

You can currently only book the test through the IELTS website, as they will need to organise the speaking test with you after booking. For more information and to book your test, visit the IELTS Indicator website.

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