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. 

Mac system requirements

Component Minimum / Recommended
OS Version Minimum: 10.15
Recommended: Latest
RAM Minimum: 4GB
Recommended: 8GB

Windows system requirements

Component Minimum / Recommended
OS Version Minimum: 10 (64-bit platform)
Recommended: 11 (64-bit platform)
RAM Minimum: 2GB
Recommended: 4GB

Additional system requirements

Component Minimum
Storage 400MB of free storage
Camera and microphone Internal or external
Internet Upload speed of at least 1Mbps; Download speed of at least 2Mbps
Mobile hotspot is not allowed to be used by the test taker on the test day
CPU CPUs newer than 2011 (Intel Sandy Bridge or newer) with support for SSE 4.2
CPU cores Minimum 2-core CPU, recommended minimum 4-core CPU
Graphics OpenGL 2.0 graphics driver
Keyboard Keyboard language setting set to Australia/USA/UK English

Camera, speakers and microphone

Please be aware of the following:

  • Camera: you will need an external or built-in camera.
  • Speaker and microphone: You will need external or built-in speakers and microphone. Please note that 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:

  • Download speed > 2 Mbps
  • Upload speed > 1 Mbps 

Inspera Exam Portal

To take IELTS Online, you will need to download the Inspera Exam Portal to check if your computer is ready to take the test. Click ‘Next’ which starts the pre-test system checks, using the most recent version of one of the following web browsers:

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

We recommend you do this before you register for the test. If your pre-test system checks fail, restart your device and make sure no additional screen is connected to your computer/laptop.