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What is IELTS Online? 

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 Windows or Mac operating system, a stable internet connection, and a well-lit private space, and you're good to go!

IELTS Online offers a fresh approach to the IELTS Academic test. You now have the option to take this leading English language test from your home or a private location with a stable internet connection. Moreover, it adheres to the same format and duration as the IELTS on Paper or IELTS on Computer Academic test in a test centre, ensuring you receive an authentic testing experience.

IELTS Online assesses your English-language proficiency across four key skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The Speaking test is conducted online via video call with an accredited IELTS examiner.

It's not just convenient; it's also secure, with multi-layered security processes in pre-test, test day and post-test operations. Recognising Organisations (ROs) will also use the same online verification system for in-centre results.

For booking of IELTS Online test, click here.

For booking of IELTS on Computer and IELTS on Paper tests, click here.

What’s the difference between the IELTS Online vs IELTS on Computer tests?

IELTS offers two convenient ways to take the test: IELTS Online and IELTS on Computer. While both options assess your English-language proficiency, they have distinct features to cater to diverse needs.

IELTS Online:

  • Take the test from the comfort of your home or a private location with a stable internet connection.

  • Offers the same test format and duration as the IELTS Academic test taken in a test centre.

  • Provides flexibility by allowing you to choose where you want to take the test.

  • Conducts the Speaking test via a live video call with an accredited IELTS examiner.

  • Utilises IELTS multi-layered security processes for a secure testing experience.

IELTS on Computer:

  • Requires you to visit a test centre to take the test on a computer.

  • Offers the same test content and assessment criteria as the traditional IELTS on paper.

  • Provides a familiar test centre environment for those who prefer in-person testing.

  • Conducts the Speaking test face-to-face with an examiner at the test centre.

  • Utilises robust security measures to ensure the integrity of the test.

In summary, IELTS Online is designed for those who prefer the convenience of taking the test from home, while the IELTS on Computer offers a traditional in-person testing experience just via a computer-delivered medium. Both options maintain the same high standards of security and assessment to help you achieve your desired band score.

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Where is IELTS Online available?

IELTS Online has recently been introduced in select countries. We are actively expanding its availability to more regions and countries. If IELTS Online is not yet accessible in your country, rest assured that we are working to bring it to you soon. Stay tuned for updates on when it will be made available in your region.

IELTS Online test booking fees

The IELTS Online test fee costs USD 244.40. As part of the booking process, you will need to upload a clear, scanned colour copy of your identification document (e.g., passport). To complete your booking, you can make the payment online using your credit card or debit card. Please note that IELTS fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Additional setup to get started on IELTS Online

When taking the IELTS Online test, there are some additional equipment requirements to consider compared to the traditional test centre examination. To ensure a smooth experience, candidates should have the following equipment ready:

  1. Laptop or desktop computer: IELTS Online can only be taken on a laptop or desktop computer. Mobile devices, tablets, and Chromebooks are not supported.

  2. Keyboard with language settings: Ensure that your keyboard is set to Australian, USA, or UK English to match the test language.

  3. Web Camera: A functioning web camera is essential for proctoring purposes, allowing remote invigilation of the test.

  4. Speakers and microphone: You'll need speakers and a microphone for audio communication during the Speaking test.

  5. Stable internet connection: A reliable internet connection is crucial to avoid disruptions during the test.

  6. Mobile phone with camera: A mobile phone with a camera may be required for the check-in process to assist in room scanning. However, it must be switched off during the test.

It's important to note that some items are restricted or not allowed during the IELTS Online test:

  • Headphones, headsets, or ear devices: These are not allowed.

  • Bluetooth devices: Your keyboard, mouse, web camera, speakers, and microphone must all be either inbuilt or wired.

  • VPNs or mobile hotspots: These are not permitted.

  • Multiple screens: Using multiple screens is not allowed.

Additionally, candidates should meet the specified system requirements, including the operating system, CPU, RAM, graphics driver, storage, and browser compatibility. These requirements ensure that the IELTS Online platform functions correctly.

While these equipment and system requirements may differ from the in-person test centre experience, they are essential for a successful IELTS Online test. Candidates should thoroughly review the guidelines and conduct a system check to ensure their setup meets the necessary criteria before scheduling the test.

Safe & secure IELTS test application

The IELTS test application is rigorously tested to be malware-free, ensuring your computer's safety. Our dedicated experts continuously update and monitor the application to protect against security threats. With IELTS Online, your computer and personal information are secure, allowing you to focus on your performance. We are committed to maintaining the highest security standards throughout your IELTS Online experience, earning your trust every step of the way.

IELTS Online booking is open

Are you ready to take the IELTS Online test? Booking is now open, providing you with the convenience and flexibility to choose where and when you want to sit for the exam. Secure your slot today and take a step closer to your goals.

For booking of IELTS Online test, click here.

For booking of IELTS on Computer and IELTS on Paper tests, click here.

About IELTS Online

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IELTS Online: The essentials

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 with a desk

  • a stable internet connection

  • a laptop or desktop computer

  • a microphone and speakers (headphones not allowed)

  • a camera (internal or external)

  • a passport

  • a mobile phone or tablet with a camera

The right equipment 

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

  • US and UK International English Keyboards (QWERTY)

  • You must have administration privileges to your computer  

  • Speakers 

  • 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 10 or 11 on 64-bit platforms

  • 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 more than 1 Mbps

  • You will also need to download Inspera Integrity Browser (IIB) and perform some pre-system checks.

Read the IELTS Online Checklist to prepare for your test day!

IELTS Online: Test experience

Speaking test journey 

  1. Launch the exam portal 15 minutes before your test start time 

  2. Select the Speaking test called IELTS Online Speaking A1 T1 

  3. Log in with your username, password and Speaking PIN Code provided in 'My Account' login area

  4. Check your audio and video 

  5. Take a photo of yourself and your photo ID page  

  6. Join the waiting room 

  7. Take your test with the examiner

  8. Exit the test when you finish Part 3 

Read the IELTS Online guide for tips to help you get ready for your Speaking test!

Listening, Reading and Writing test journey 

  1. Launch the IELTS Exam Portal at the start time of your Listening, Reading and Writing test 

  2. Log in with your user name, password and Listening, Reading and Writing PIN code  

  3. Select the Listening, Reading and Writing test called IELTS Online AC Written T1 

  4. Complete the system check and take a photo of yourself and your photo ID to confirm your identity 

  5. Meet your IELTS greeter. They will confirm your identity, advise you how to complete the room scan and go through test day rules. Then your test will begin.

  6. When your test begins, your browser will be locked down. You won't be able to access anything other than the test platform. 

  7. During the test do not click the exit button unless you are instructed to do so 

Read the IELTS Online Checklist to know more about the dos and don'ts for your Listening, Reading and Writing tests!