Before taking IELTS Online, please check you have everything you need to take the test. Here are the requirements.

Computer and operating system

To take IELTS Online you must have a laptop or desktop computer, and have no additional screen connected.

You cannot take the test on a mobile, tablet or Chromebook. 

System requirements:

  • Mac version 10.15 or higher
  • Windows version 7, 8.1, 10 or 11 on 64-bit platforms
  • Windows: Minimum 2GB RAM, Recommended minimum 4GB RAM 
  • Mac: Minimum 4GB RAM, Recommended minimum 8GB RAM
  • 400 MB of free storage
  • Web camera and microphone (internal or external)
  • Upload and download speed of 600kbps (0.6 Mbps)
  • 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 

Camera, speakers, microphone

You will need the following:

  • External or in-built computer camera.
  • External or in-built speakers and microphone. Headphones, headsets or any type of ear-device are not permitted.

For the room scan checks you will need to be asked to move your camera to get a full view of your room. You will also need a tablet or mobile phone with a camera for the room scan, and this must be switched off and placed out of reach once the room scan is complete.

Speed of internet connection

We recommend you download the latest version of your internet browser and check your connection speed meets our requirements:

  • Minimum internet speed requirements 600kbps

Inspera Exam Portal

To take IELTS Online you will need to download the Inspera Exam Portal using the most recent version of one of the following web browsers:

  • Google Chrome
  • Apple Safari (for MacOS)
  • Mozilla Firefox

Once you have booked your test, you will be emailed a link to download the Inspera Exam Portal. We recommend you do this at least one day before your test to carry out pre-test system checks.

If your pre-test system checks fail, restart your device and make sure no additional screen is connected to your computer/laptop.