IELTS Indicator : All you need to know


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Rahul Singha
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Updated on Jan 23, 2023 13:58 IST

IELTS Partners has also launched the IELTS Indicator, an online English language test for students who are affected by COVID-19 and are not able to attend the IELTS test center. IELTS Indicator will assess the student's English language skills in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Students can take the test online from their homes. In this article, we will inform you everything about the IELTS Indicator from registration to fee and the equipment you need to take the exam. Those who are looking for taking the IELTS from home can go for online IELTS which can be taken from the convenience of your home. 

IELTS Indicator is the online test that students can take to demonstrate their English language skills during the COVID-19 shutdown when it's not possible to visit the official test centre. IELTS Indicator is not accepted for migration in Canada, Australia, or New Zealand.

IELTS Indicator is an official product that you can take to prove English Language Proficiency to taking admission to your dream college. However, not all the institutions are accepting it currently, so, it is always better to check with the college you are applying to whether they are accepting it or not. Considering the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) crisis, IELTS Partners has launched an IELTS Indicator through which you can demonstrate your language skills while applying to an educational institution. Candidates who are not able to visit an official test center can take this test safely from their homes.

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IELTS Indicator Checklist

Before booking the IELTS Indicator test, you need to have the necessary equipment and set it up at your home.

  • A well-lit room
  • Desktop or laptop
  • Good internet connection
  • Speakers and microphone
  • Camera
  • Passport or photo ID to register for the test

Note: IELTS Indicator cannot be taken on mobile or tablet

Key features of IELTS Indicator

Some of the key features of the IELTS Indicator test are given below.

  • Covers different skills

The online exam covers all the IELTS skills - Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. The Speaking test is delivered through a video call with a trained examiner.

  • It is an official IELTS Product

IELTS Indicator has been launched officially along the lines of the IELTS exam. The structure of the online test matches the in-person test. The same standard and marking procedures are used in the online exam as in the in-person test.

  • Not a substitute for the in-person IELTS exam

Once the IELTS test centres start resuming, your university might ask you to attempt the in-person IELTS even if you have taken the IELTS Indicator.

  • It gives an indicative score

The test-taker will get the scores within seven days - both an indicative score for each section and an overall band score.

How does IELTS Indicator work?

It's an online, live test that has a start time and duration. To attempt the test students must have a suitable computer with reliable internet access. Candidates need to take the test in one sitting without any break. The complete test includes Reading, Writing, and Listening skills and the time will be approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. The Speaking test is conducted through Zoom with an examiner. The Speaking test is conducted any other day it can be given before or after the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections test. Each section is time-bound. Also, you cannot pause the test.

Who accepts IELTS Indicator?

Universities across the world and various other educational institutions use IELTS Indicator to assess the standard of applicants' language abilities when test-takers cannot access the IELTS (in-person) test centres. Please check with your university whether they are accepting it before booking it.

Is it available for IELTS General and IELTS Academic both?

Currently, the IELTS Indicator is available only for IELTS Academic. IELTS Partners has launched it for students who want to apply to universities abroad.

How much does the IELTS Indicator cost?

The fee for IELTS Indicator is US $149.


Q. How often the IELTS Indicator is conducted?

A. It is held once a week online and covers all four skills; Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The IELTS Indicator exam is given online, and it's held once a week at a scheduled time.

Q. Is IELTS Indicator is available for IELTS General or IELTS Academic?

A. IELTS Indicator is available for IELTS Academic only. IELTS Partners has launched it for students who want to apply to universities abroad.

Q. Is it offered to all the candidates?

A. The test is available for a limited time and is available in locations where the IELTS test is suspended due to COVID-19. Before applying for the test students must need to check their criteria for the test. 

Q. How to register for the IELTS Indicator?

A. You can register for the IELTS Indicator on the following link. Please note that IELTS Indicator is not accepted for migration to Australia, Canada or New Zealand. To take the test you need a suitable computer with reliable internet access.

Q. How IELTS Indicator is scored?

A. Professional IELTS examiners will score the Writing and Speaking test in the same way as the regular IELTS exam. Candidates will receive their score within 7 days.

Q. What identity security standards will be in place for the IELTS Indicator?

A. Candidates need to provide their passport and identity document details while booking the IELTS Indicator test. Candidates will also be required to show their passport and identity documents during the Speaking test which is conducted via video call.

Q. Is there any minimum age requirement for candidates to take the IELTS Indicator?

A. IELTS Indicator is not recommended for those under 18 years only. Those aged 16 or 17 must get a consent form signed by a parent/guardian and will need to have someone with them during the IELTS Speaking Test.

Q. How is the IELTS Indicator Speaking test is different from the IELTS Speaking test?

A. Both IELTS and IELTS Indicators have a one-to-one speaking test with a professional IELTS Examiner. In IELTS Indicator the test is done through a video. Examiners can assess the candidates' real-life conversational English skills.

Q. Difference between IELTS Indicator and IELTS test?

A. IELTS Indicator is a session-based online test that can be taken from your home. It is the same as IELTS in terms of content, structure, format, and timing.

Q. What is the duration of the IELTS Indicator test?

A. The duration of the IELTS Indicator test is the same as that of the IELTS exam. The Listening test is of 30 minutes followed by the 60 minutes Reading test. After this, the Writing test runs for 60 minutes. The Speaking test's duration is between 11-14 minutes. The Speaking test can be held either before or after the Reading, Writing, and Listening tests.

Q. Can IELTS be given from home for India?

A. IELTS indicator is available in India. IELTS indicator was introduced to deal with the COVID-19 situation when testing was suspended at test centers. Students need to note that IELTS indicator is not a substitute for the in-person IELTS test. Not every organization will accept the IELTS indicator score. Moreover, IELTS indicator is not accepted for migrating to Canada, Australia, or New Zealand. Even if you have taken the IELTS indicator test, you might be asked to retake the IELTS test once the testing has resumed at the centres.
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Alok Kasture

3 years ago

Can ielts indicator scores will approve in comparison to ielts

Reply to Alok Kasture


Piyush Kohli

2 years ago

Hi Alok, you can check with the university whether they will be accepting IELTS Indicator or not and then move ahead accordingly.


Nardeep Singh

3 years ago

Is ielts indicator test is accepted by Canadian embassy

Reply to Nardeep Singh


Piyush Kohli

3 years ago

Dear Nardeep, due to the pandemic, universities are accepting IELTS Indicators test. Check the entry requirements of the university and then go for the English Language proficiency test accordingly. If you secure admission in a recognized school then you are eligible to apply for a student visa.

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