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What is IELTS Online and how does it work?

Wish you could take your IELTS Academic test from the comfort of your own home? Now it's possible with IELTS Online. All you need is a computer with a webcam, a stable internet connection, and a well-lit private space, and you're good to go! 

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The world's leading English language test from the comfort of your home.

Same test, more flexibility

IELTS Online is the same test as the IELTS on paper or IELTS on computer Academic test taken in a test centre. It assesses your English-language proficiency across four key skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The Speaking test is conducted one-to-one with an accredited IELTS examiner, via a live video call.  

Speaking test sessions are about 15 minutes and are available Monday to Friday. The Written test covers Listening, Reading and Writing, and is 2.5 hours long. Written test sessions are available Tuesday to Saturday. Your Speaking Test must be completed at least a day before your Written test.  

IELTS Online is available in over 60 countries and territories worldwide. Please check our booking page to see if IELTS Online is available where you are. However, if you’re taking IELTS for a visa or immigration purpose, you’ll need to take the test in an official IELTS test center.

About IELTS Online

How does it work?  

You will need a quiet, private, well-lit room, a secure internet connection, and a laptop or desktop computer with the right hardware and software installed. Your microphone and web camera must be on for the whole test. 

For instructions on how to set up your computer and your test room, please watch IELTS Online: How to set up your space. 

For a full list of system requirements and equipment you need see equipment, system requirements, and support.  

How is the test monitored? 

IELTS Online uses human and artificial intelligence (AI) proctoring to supervise your test. Your remote proctor is an IELTS invigilator who will monitor your Listening, Reading, and Writing tests online, just as they would if you took your test in a test centre. Having remote proctors ensures IELTS Online maintains the high security standards set by IELTS and trusted by recognising organisations around the world. 

When will I receive my test results? 

You will receive your results typically within 6 days after taking your test. 

How do I book my IELTS Online test? 

IELTS Online is easy to book – just visit our booking website. You must book your IELTS Online test at least 48 hours before your planned test date. 


For more questions, please see IELTS Online FAQs 

Please see also our IELTS Online tutorial videos. 

Preparing for your IELTS Online Test

You can prepare for IELTS Online in the same way that you would prepare for IELTS in a test centre. To make sure you understand what to expect on your test day, we recommend you view the IELTS Online tutorial videos, read the test format, and practise with the IELTS Online familiarisation tests. For even more IELTS preparation material, visit IELTS Prepare.   

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