IELTS has launched IELTS Indicator, an online English language test for students not able to attend an IELTS test centre due to the Covid-19 related restrictions.
IELTS Indicator will assess a student’s English language skills in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking in a timed, online test from the comfort of their home.
To ensure that the test focuses on real-life conversation skills, students will conduct their speaking test face to face with a trained IELTS Examiner via video call.
IELTS Indicator content has been developed using the same high-quality standards as for all IELTS tests and has the same format and timing as the in-person IELTS. Tests will be marked by official IELTS Examiners.
Christine Nuttall, Managing Director IELTS at Cambridge Assessment English, said IELTS Indicator will help both students and education providers during this period of disruption.
“We know that many students globally have been affected by the suspension of in-person testing, with their international education aspirations delayed by Covid-19,” Ms Nuttall said.
“In response to this, the IELTS Partners have developed a test that retains the quality and accuracy of IELTS to give education providers a clear indication of an applicant’s English language skills.
“While it is not intended to replace IELTS, education institutions will be able to use IELTS Indicator results to help assess students’ applications during this period of suspended in-person testing.
“We recognise that this is a difficult time and we want to ensure that education providers are still able to progress students’ applications. IELTS Indicator will provide a reliable, interim measure.
“Once test centres are able to re-open we will work to offer IELTS testing as soon as possible and have programs in place to help address additional demand,” she said.
The Indicator test will be available in selected locations where it is not currently possible to deliver in-person IELTS testing.
In these selected locations, the IELTS Indicator test will be delivered online once a week at scheduled times.
Bookings open from 22 April.