The official IELTS by IDP app is here! Download it today.


IELTS Online is the new way to take IELTS Academic, the world’s leading test of English for international higher education. IELTS Online allows you to take your English test from home or another suitable location. Before booking and taking your test, please check you have the following:

The right setup and environment for the test

  • Secure a quiet, private well-lit space

  • No other people or pets should be present – make sure you won’t be interrupted 

  • Remove all unallowed items from the room including watches, electronic devices, note paper, pens, pencils, reference material, food items and bags (water is allowed in a transparent water bottle) 

  • No headphones are allowed 

  • Your face must be uncovered at all times 

  • A current passport for registration 

The right equipment 

  • Desktop or laptop computer – IELTS Online cannot be taken on mobile or tablet 

  • You must have administration privileges to your computer  

  • Speakers (headphones are not allowed)   

  • Microphone on for duration of test   

  • Camera on and uncovered for duration of test   

  • One monitor only 

  • Mobile phone with camera may be required at check-in to assist in room scan. Once this is done, switch off the device and keep it away

The right hardware and software 

  •  Operating system requirement:

    • Mac version 10.15 or higher

    • Windows version 7, 8.1, 10 or 11 on 64-bit platforms (Windows 7 and 8.1 will be supported for critical issues for a minimum of six months from the IELTS Online launch date)

  • CPUs newer than 2011 (Intel Sandy Bridge or newer) with support for SSE 4.2

  • Minimum 2 core CPU, Recommended minimum 4 core CPU

  • OpenGL 2.0 graphics driver

  • Minimum 2GB RAM; Recommended minimum 4GB RAM

  • 75 MB of free storage

  • Web camera & microphone (internal or external)

  • Access to one of the following browsers: Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge 

  • Upload and download speed of 0.6 Mbps

  • You will also need to download Inspera Exam Portal (IEP) and perform some pre-system checks. Read the instructions here .