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Have you heard about the IELTS Indicator test?
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12 Jun 2020 83 Book icon 3 mins Share

Have you heard about the IELTS Indicator test?

This comprehensive guide includes all the essential information about the IELTS Indicator test that you need to know. It is the ultimate preparation.

12 Jun 2020 83 Book icon 3 mins Share
Have you heard about the IELTS Indicator test?

You might have been mentally preparing for the big move to a foreign country or considering the idea of going abroad to study and that's when the coronavirus pandemic hit the world. Over the last few months, universities have adapted the way in which they are delivering their courses and programmes, embracing online learning.  Many students and universities alike agree that virtual learning is one of the best options available in order to keep teaching and learning on track.  

Though universities have shifted online, you should still be able to demonstrate your English language proficiency when applying. Getting an English language test certificate is still essential in order to apply to an institution. With most English language test centres closed or inaccessible, students are finding it difficult to get hold of the relevant certification. A lot of universities are however accepting alternate certificates in response, including Duolingo, IELTS Indicator, TOEFL, and Pearson or TOEFL iBT. Let’s now take a look at the details of one of the options, the IELTS indicator, and how it might be your best shot at keeping your education goals on track. 

What is the IELTS Indicator test and how is it different from IELTS?

Sure, you could argue that the IELTS Indicator is just the online version of the regular IELTS test, but that would be an oversimplification. Yes, it is an online test, similar to IELTS syllabus in its structure, content, format and timings. You will be tested on the four skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking. You can take a practice test to get an idea of what to expect. 

Remember that simply because the IELTS Indicator test is online, doesn’t mean you can pause in between and come back later to complete it. The test is time-bound. The listening, reading and writing test will take approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes and it should be completed in one go.

The marking is also same as that of IELTS and yes, it will be evaluated by IELTS examiners.
However, the test is not a substitute for the actual IELTS test. The quality controls and security procedures are not the same and hence not all institutions will accept an IELTS Indicator test. Be sure to check with your prospective institution or with IDP counsellors before applying or registering.  You can also stay up to date by checking our latest news page for any IELTS updates. 

What are some of the other aspects of the IELTS Indicator test?

You can relax and take the test from the comfort of your home. The listening, reading and writing tests will be conducted in one go, but the speaking test will be conducted separately, either before or after the listening, reading and writing tests have been completed. Seven days after taking the test, you will be given your IELTS Indicator test result with an indicative score for each component of the test and also a combined overall score. 

Several institutions accept the IELTS Indicator for applications purposes. But bear in mind - the university that you intend to apply to might accept the IELTS Indicator for the time being, but they might want you to take an IELTS exam once the test centres are up and functional. You should clarify these details before you register for IELTS Indicator.

How much does the IELTS Indicator test cost?

The cost of taking the test is USD 149 or approximately 11265 rupees. 

When can you take the test and how?

The test will be conducted once a week at a specified time. When you register, you will have the option to select a convenient date from the dates available. Instructions and login credentials will be emailed to you once you complete the registration. Make sure to tick these items off the list before registering for the test:

  • A laptop/desktop computer. Sorry, the test won’t work on mobile phones or tablets
  • Software requirement: 64 bit Windows 7 or MacOS 10.12 is the minimum requirement
  • A steady, reliable internet connection
  • Latest version of any browser such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge or Apple Safari
  • A working headphone; make sure the audio is clear. You don’t want to flunk your listening test
  • Working web camera
  • Zoom app
  • Some space on your system to download the Safe Exam Browser to take the test

All set? Click to register and book your IELTS Indicator test slot. Wishing you all the best!

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