IELTS Indicator pros and cons

What is IELTS Indicator?

Quick jump: IELTS Indicator and TrackTest Verified English test compared

The IELTS Indicator is a new exam launched by IELTS in April 2020 as a reaction to the COVID-19 crisis which caused the closure of the assessment centres. Test tasks and structure are the same as in IELTS Academic test.

Nevertheless, it does not fully replace the recognition of the in-person IELTS test so students need to check with the university if they accept also the IELTS Indicator result and certificate.

The main difference compared to the standard IELTS exams is that students can take the IELTS Indicator test from home and do not need to go to the assessment centre.

The security is arranged via the remote exam solution from Inspera which is basically the re-packaged open-source application Safe Exam Browser. This application can ensure that students do not open another application window in their computer.

The big disadvantage of this solution is that students cannot use it on their smart devices (smartphone or tablet).

In comparison, 40% of TrackTest verified exams are taken with smartphones or tablets.

Based on the available information, it seems that the IELTS Indication exam currently does not use the online proctoring with the front-facing camera for the Reading/Listening/Writing part of the test. Only the Speaking part is taken via the video session using the Zoom application.

The IELTS Indicator is currently available in these countries only: Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.

Test fees:

Price for one IELTS INDICATOR test is approx. 149 USD.

IELTS Indicator and TrackTest English Verified test- how does it compare?

Similarly to the IELTS Indicator, TrackTest English Proficiency Test provides the assessment of 4 skills- grammar (use of English), reading, listening, and optionally speaking and writing. It can be taken in non-proctored version or the verified version with online proctoring.

TrackTest level tests take usually up to 45 minutes, with extra 20 minutes for the Speaking&Writing test. It is delivered online. It can be taken anytime and anywhere and it is completed with the TrackTest CEFR Certificate.

IELTS and TrackTest side-by-side comparison:

Assessed skillsReading, Listening Writing, SpeakingGrammar, Reading, Listening, Speaking and Writing
on par
Practicality– Installation of two special software is required: a secure browser (SEB) and Zoom application.
– It is not available on tablets/smartphones
– The exam can be taken only in the assigned dates.
– No special installation, everything is done in standard web browser (Chrome, Firefox or similar)
– Available on all devices (smartphones, tablets, PCs)
– The exam can be taken anytime.
SecurityNo proctoring (!?) for the reading/listening/writing part. The Speaking section is done via Zoom application
Complete online proctoring: Test-takers and their gestures are recorded during the whole duration of the test.
Results availableWithin 7 days Within 7 dayon par
Certificate RecognitionCheck with your university if they accept it.Check with your university if they accept it.on par
AvailabilityAvailable in 36 countriesAvailable in ALL countries and all continentsTrackTest

Approx. 149 USDApprox. 3x lessTrackTest


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