In the wake of COVID-19, IELTS is giving an option to students who are looking to apply for courses in universities to take the IELTS test online from the comfort of their home. This is especially for those countries where IELTS test dates have been suspended due to the lockdown. The list of the eligible countries will be released on April 22, 2020.

If you are preparing for IELTS with us at Yuno Learning, this test will not be a problem for you. It is exactly the way you give mock tests in your online courses.

The IELTS Indicator is a new online test that you can take from the comfort of your home, to help you continue your education journey during the Covid-19 situation. The test is available once a week and covers all four skills; Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The test uses live test questions and is marked by IELTS examiners.

You will get an indicative score for each section and an overall band score within seven days of taking your test. It is important to note that the IELTS Indicator is not a substitute for the in-person IELTS test. A test taker may still need to take an in-person IELTS test at a test centre once testing resumes to meet the requirements of their university or education provider.

Here are some commonly asked questions about the test:

1. Who is it for?

It is only for the academic category of students. If you are applying for immigration or work visa this test is not for you. It is only for students who are applying for university courses. The General Training category students should not apply for this test.

2. Is it widely acceptable?

If you are planning to study abroad, then this is the chance for you to show your potential scores to your university and to receive a conditional offer.

The candidates must check with their universities or institutions before applying for this test. If you have not selected institutions yet, it might be a good idea to do it now or at least have a list in hand. You can drop an email to their admission office to check if they will accept the IELTS indicator score. They might ask you to give the regular test at a later date, but for now the IELTS indicator score might get you a seat in the university.

3. What about the format of the test?

There is no change in the format. It is exactly the same as the regular IELTS test.

You will need to complete the Listening, Reading, and Writing in one sitting. The Speaking test will take place either a few days before or after the Listening, Reading, and Writing test. The questions will be the same as in the real exam and your work will be marked by a genuine examiner. You can then supply this score to universities to prove that your level of English is good enough for an offer.

4. What does it mean by taking the test from home?

You need a laptop or desktop computer (Mac or PC only – you cannot take IELTS Indicator on mobile). It should meet the minimum and recommended system requirements. It should have the ability to download and install a Safe Exam Browser (SEB). You should have wired or wireless headphones (for good sound quality during your Listening test) a working web camera. You will also need the zoom application downloaded on your laptop.

Besides that, you will need a reliable internet connection and a working web camera.

5. What about the listening test from home, will I be able to listen?

You need a reliable internet connection and wired or wireless headphones (for good sound quality during your Listening test. You will not have any problem with the listening test if you have these things ready.

6. I am preparing for the paper-based, how do I give it from home?

If you have been preparing for a paper-based test because of your inability to take a computer test, then it might not be a good idea to take the IELTS indicator test. Watch this video to check differences between the computer-based test and paper-based test and make your own judgement. If you think typing speed is the only limitation, spending some time working on it might help.

7. What about internet connection?

You will need a reliable internet connection because any downtime will affect the test because the test will run non-stop like the regular IELTS test. Any power failure or internet dysconnectivity will disrupt the test and you will lose time.

8. What technology do I need?

You will need the following: ● Laptop or PC with the minimum and recommended system requirements ● Ability to download and install a Safe Exam Browser (SEB) ● Wired or wireless headphones (for good sound quality during your Listening test) ● Working web camera ● Zoom application downloaded on your laptop.

Registration for the new IELTS Indicator test opens on April 22nd and you can find out more on their official website:

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