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Need more information about the IELTS Online test? Here are answers to some frequently asked questions.


What is IELTS Online? 

IELTS Online is the new way to take the IELTS Academic test. You can now choose to take the world’s leading English language test at home or in a private location with a stable internet connection. It has the same test format and duration as IELTS Academic taken in a test centre, but IELTS Online gives you the opportunity to choose where you want to take the test from.

The Speaking test is conducted online via video call with an IELTS Examiner.

It uses the same IELTS multi-layered security processes in pre-test, test day and post-test operations. Recognising Organisations (ROs) will use the same online verification system as the one used to verify in-centre results.

Set-up and equipment

What type of computer/laptop do I need?

To take IELTS Online you must have a laptop or desktop computer with one screen only; multiple screens are not allowed.

To check if your laptop/computer is suitable, please read about the minimum technical requirements on our IELTS Online page.

Booking IELTS Online

How do I book my IELTS Online test?

IELTS Online is easy to book – just visit our website.

Preparing for IELTS Online

What preparation resources are available for IELTS Online?

To help familiarise yourself with the IELTS Online test, we have created the following preparation resources:
IELTS Online tutorial videos.

IELTS Online Speaking test video.

You can also use the IELTS practice materials already available on our website.

During the test

Can I take notes during my test?

You cannot take notes using pen and paper during your test, however, you can make notes on screen during your Listening, Reading and Writing tests.

To find out about the key features of the test platform, including how to make notes, watch our IELTS Online tutorial videos.

Results, scores, and Test Report Forms (TRFs)

Who will mark my IELTS Online test?

IELTS Online is marked by official IELTS Examiners, using the same IELTS marking criteria as IELTS on computer and IELTS on paper.

Technical troubleshooting

How can I check my equipment is compatible with IELTS Online?

Before you book, we advise that you read the visit the IELTS Online page.
Once you have booked the test you will be emailed information about how to carry out a pre-test system check on your laptop/computer.

Cancellations, refunds, and retakes

Can I retake IELTS Online?

Yes, you can retake the test as soon as you are ready.

Data and privacy

How is my personal data being used?

For IELTS Online we collect and store your personal data to:

- administer your IELTS Online test
- ensure test integrity and prevent fraud
- improve the way in which IELTS Online is administered.

For more information about how we use your personal data, read the IELTS Online Privacy Notice.

IELTS Online Checklist