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Frequently Asked Questions

General questions

What is the new IELTS Indicator test?
It is a test that includes Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking sections and uses live IELTS questions marked by real IELTS markers and examiners. This means that this test is more reliable than a mock test, as it provides a more accurate score.
How can I register for the IELTS Indicator test?
Visit https://www.ieltsessentials.com/prepare/ielts-indicator to book your test. Bookings will be open soon.
Where will this test take place?
It is an online test and can be taken from the comfort of your home, provided there is internet facility.
How frequently will this be offered in a specific market?
IELTS Indicator Academic test will take place once a week.
Will it be offered globally to all prospective test takers?
The test is available for a limited time in certain locations where IELTS testing is currently suspended due to COVID-19.
Will there be IELTS Indicator General Training?
Currently IELTS Indicator is only available as an Academic test. IELTS Indicator has been designed to support students’ progress their University and Educational Institution applications during the COVID-19 crisis and has not been developed for migration purposes.

Taking the IELTS Indicator test

Will the test be timed?
The time window for the test will be strictly controlled, so each section will be time-bound. You need to complete the test in one sitting, so be sure you have availability for the full duration of the Listening, Reading and Writing sections - approximately 2 hours 45 minutes. You cannot pause the test and come back later. Your Speaking test will be conducted separately.
How many individual tests will be included in IELTS Indicator? How many Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking tests?
It will include one test for each section: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

About IELTS Indicator scores

How will I know if my university or college is happy to use the indicative scores?
As IELTS Indicator does not replace an in-person IELTS test at a test centre, it is not accepted by all organisations. We recommend that you check with your university or education provider before you book.
When will the result be released?
You will receive your results within seven days of completing all sections of the test.
Will I get a score for each section along with an overall score?
You will receive an indicative score for each section along with an overall indicative score. Indicative scores will help you know how you performed and where you need to improve.
Who will mark the IELTS Indicator test?
Responses will be marked by official IELTS examiners, following the IELTS marking criteria.
Will it be AI marked?
No. The test will be marked by our qualified IELTS markers and examiners.