Get ready for IELTS Online, a flexible new way to take your IELTS Academic test.
English language test IELTS has announced that a secure online version of the exam will be rolled out globally in early 2022. Students around the world will soon have the ability to take IELTS Academic, a leading test of English for international higher education, from the comfort of their homes or another suitable location.
IELTS Online is the same as IELTS on paper and IELTS on computer taken in a test center, including a real-time face-to-face speaking test delivered online by IELTS examiners. The new online IELTS has a couple of significant advantages, including that it will 1) expand access to the test by making it available to students who can’t make it to testing centers, 2) allow students to obtain test results even faster (within 3 days of the test).
Students taking IELTS Online will have their English proficiency tested in the four skills of IELTS Academic: listening, reading, writing and speaking. There will be a range of times and dates available for students to book.
The upcoming launch is of particular interest to colleges and universities in the major English-speaking destinations – including the US, Canada, and the UK – because IELTS is a highly respected test and one that was severely disrupted (along with all major English-language tests) when the pandemic took hold, impacting thousands of students and educators the world over.
The IELTS exam was established more than 30 years ago and is co-owned by the British Council, IDP Education and Cambridge Assessment English. The exam is recognized by more than 11,000 organizations worldwide and for migration purposes in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK.