1. Before the test
Know the essentials
- Secure a quiet, well-lit, private space where you won’t be interrupted, and you feel comfortable
- Make sure no one else is in the room with you
- Ensure you have no prohibited items in the room with you, such as bags, wallet, notes, watch, headphones etc. You can have water in a transparent bottle
- Make sure you have your computer/laptop, keyboard, mouse, mobile phone or tablet (for room scan only)
- You must have you photo identification document, the same ID you used to register for the test
- You’ll also need working speakers and camera on your computer
- Headphones are not allowed for any part of the test
Prepare your computer
You’ll need to install the IELTS Exam Portal (IEP) to take the test. For this, you must have:
- at least 500MB of free disk space
- Windows: 7, 8, and 10 on 64-bit platforms
- macOS: OS X 10.14 and higher
- CPUs newer than 2011
- Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Edge as your internet browser
- a broadband internet connection (0.15Mbps upload speed).
The following minimum download and upload speeds:
|Download speed||Upload speed|
|Minimum||600 Kbps||600 Kbps|
|Recommended||2 Mbps||1 Mbps|
Pre-system checks and downloads
Before taking your test, please download the IELTS Exam Portal and read the full instructions including the programs and checks required to take IELTS Online.
Download the IELTS Exam Portal (IEP) from the links below:
Click on the IELTS Exam Portal shortcut on your desktop to launch IELTS Exam Portal (IEP) and follow the instructions on the screen. You must complete this check at least 24 hours before your test day.
Understand the format
It’s important to know what format to expect before you sit your test.
- The Speaking test usually comes first, and is taken on its own.
- Your Listening, Reading and Writing tests are all taken together, at a separate time booked by you.
- The duration and content of each section of the test is the same as in-centre tests.
The Speaking test
IELTS Online uses the same face-to-face Speaking test - only this time, it’s delivered online via a video call.
To complete your Speaking test:
- Launch IELTS Exam platform
- Select the Speaking test
- Log in with your username, password and Speaking PIN code
- Check your audio and video
- Take a photo of yourself and the photo page of the ID your registered with
- Join the waiting room, and wait to be told when you’re entering the test environment
- Take your test with the examiner (11-14 mins, once admitted)
- Exit the test when you have finished part 3
2. Test day
Before your test
Use this checklist on test day to make sure you have everything you need to take your IELTS Online test.
- Check the email you received about IELTS Online and have your username, password and pin-codes ready. Please note you’ll have a different pin code for your Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing test
- Make sure you’ve completed all your pre-system checks.
- Double check your test start time (make sure you have checked for any time zone differences)
- Close all browser windows and programs not required for IELTS Online
- Make sure your speakers and microphone are on
- Check your camera is switched on and uncovered
- Make sure your face is visible
- Have with you the passport or Photo ID you booked with
- Have a mobile smart phone or tablet with you to assist with the room scan. This must be turned off once the room scan is complete
- Remove anything you don’t need in the test: handbags or bag packs, watches, writing implements, posters on the wall or books and notes
And remember to go to the bathroom before you start as there is no extra time for breaks.
- At the time mentioned in your test confirmation email, open the IELTS Exam Portal (IEP)
- Select the test you are taking: Speaking or Listening, Reading and Writing
- Log in with your username and password
- Enter the pin code for your test. Please note you have a different pin code for your Speaking test and Listening, Reading and Writing test
- Complete the system checks and pre-test ID verification
- Start your test!
- If you have any technical issues, raise your hand or use the chat function. We’re here to support you.
Taking your photo:
To confirm your identity, you will be asked to take a photo of yourself and the photo page of your identification document with the camera on your laptop or desktop computer.
To make sure your photo is accepted follow these simple steps:
- The room is well-lit. Make sure your light is on and you can be clearly seen.
- Your face is visible, and you are not wearing a hat or face covering
- Position your face or the photo page of your ID in the centre of the circle on the screen
- Click take photo
Security during the test day
To protect the validity of your results, we have to make sure you’re taking IELTS Online in secure test conditions. To do this, we have a number of security measures in place:
- Secure test design
- Remote proctoring by human invigilators with help from AI technology
- ID Verification
- Test lockdown, which means you cannot access other programs on your computer during the test
What is a remote proctor?
An IELTS invigilator who will monitor your Listening, Reading and Writing test online.
Why do we need remote proctors?
Remote proctors replace invigilators in a test centre. Having remote proctor ensure the test maintains the high security standards set by IELTS and trusted by recognising organisations.
Will I see the remote proctor?
No. They will only interrupt the test if something seems wrong, or if you raise your hand to take a bathroom break.
Can I speak to the proctor?
You will not need to speak to the proctor. The only time you will need to contact them is if you are taking a bathroom break. To do so, you will need to raise your hand and wait for the proctor to contact you.
Why is there no remote proctor for my Speaking test?
Your Speaking test takes place in real time, face-to-face with an IELTS examiner online—so they can perform all the necessary checks themselves.
How do I know the proctor can’t still see me after the test?
The proctors will only remain active for the duration of your test. Once your time is up, both you and the proctor will exit the IELTS Exam Portal and access to your camera will be stopped.
You are allowed a 5-minute bathroom break during your Listening, Reading and Writing test.
This must be taken in between sections – e.g. between the end of the Listening test and the start of the Reading test – and cannot be taken during a section.
To take a bathroom break, click on ‘raise hand button’ on the screen and wait for the proctor to allow permission. Please do not just leave your desk, wait for the proctor to approve.
When you return from your bathroom break, you will need your ID and room checked again.
DOs and DON’Ts
- Be in a private, clean, well-lit room
- Sit on a chair at a desk so that you’re comfortable for the whole test
- Have no one else in the room with you at any point
- Have only one computer screen to take your test on
- Have a mobile phone or tablet to complete the room scan. This must be switched off when the room scan is finished
- Have your web camera on at all times
- Have anyone else or a pet in the room with you
- Have a mobile phone, second computer screen, notes and bags
- Have posters on the wall
- Be in a crowded space with other people and distractions around
- Constantly look away from the screen
- Use headphones
- Leave your desk at any point (unless it’s to take a bathroom break, in which case the proctor needs to be made aware first)