The IELTS Indicator Test was introduced by the IELTS partners so that during the Covid-19 shutdown you could still take the exam.
It is an official IELTS test, but it was taken from your own home, and it provided and 'indication' of what your IELTS score would be.
It's not currently running as there are no longer any shutdowns due to covid. It's possible it could be needed again if there are any future shutdowns, so the information is being kept available.
Note that it is now possible to take the IELTS test at home anyway, regardless of Covid.
It is held once a week at a scheduled time. You will need to have a desktop or laptop and a good internet connection.
You will take the reading, listening, and writing in one sitting then your speaking test will be a few days later.
The test will be strictly timed in the normal way so you can't pause and come back to it later.
You get an indicative IELTS score 7 days later, which includes scores for each module and an overall score.
You can take the test again if you do not get the score you want.
No, it is exactly the same in terms of the timing and types of questions as the in-person test and the computer-based test. The writing and speaking are graded by an examiner as in the other tests.
The main difference is that you will take the speaking test online with an examiner instead of at a centre (which you have to do for the computer-based and in-person tests).
But the online speaking test will still follow the usual speaking test format. You should of course make sure you have a good internet connection and microphone.
The cost is $149.
As you are being given an 'indicative' (i.e. predicted) score, this suggests you may have to take the test again to get an 'actual' score under normal test conditions.
However, this is not clarified by the partners for sure, so it is likely that this will be up to the particular institution (e.g. university) you are applying for.
IELTS specifically say:
Notice it says 'may'. So at this point it seems that this score could be accepted without the need to take the test again, but you could be asked to take the in-person test later.
At this point it is only for those taking the academic test i.e. for those using it to access a university or another education provider. So the test can't be taken for immigration purposes.
Universities and other educational establishments can use the IELTS Indicator to assess your English language abilities during this time when you are unable to access the in-person or computer IELTS.
But you should check with your university or educational establishment whether they accept it before booking, because ultimately it is their decision.
If you live in any of these countries, you can take the IELTS indicator test. But it's a good idea to check the British Council Website or ielts.org for any updates as these may change over time depending on the situation (as of July 2022, it is only available in China):
These are what are listed as the requirements:
These are some useful links from the official IELTS organisations in order to get further information about the IELTS Indicator Test:
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