Wondering what the latest buzz on the IELTS indicator is all about? Check out this quick lowdown on this test-launched by IELTS, and how to make the best possible use of it, especially now that we are stuck at home under lockdown because of the Covid-19 outbreak.
As college graduates get ready to take on the world through international studies. Few are thinking ahead about the possible speed bumps on their path. That obstacle would be eligibility tests. One that requires a test of your proficiency in the language. Most universities in the USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, and a few European Universities favor English. Since English is not our primary language, as an Indian student, you will need a language proficiency test. Much before you apply for any courses abroad.
- There are many tests that prove your proficiency in English. Of which, the IELTS or the International English Language Testing System is the most important.
- In fact, some universities weigh your application based on your score in IELTS alone.
- Every year, more than two million students around the world take this exam. They take the test not only to study abroad but also as part of their visa application for jobs.
- India happens to be one of the top countries using this test. More exams are administered here than most countries, globally. Quite a high percentage of test-takers in India achieve an advanced level score. Like a 7+ band score and above.
But there are lockdown and travel restrictions in place. This has left students and aspiring job applicants in India cut off from the test centers. Most are unable to visit teaching sessions and examination halls. Keeping this information in mind, the British Council quickly launched an online test—the IELTS Indicator.
Just like GRE, GMAT, and other international tests, IELTS is an international test in English. It is very popular as more than 10,000 institutions accept it. The IELTS is crucial to your application process when you want to study abroad. For more information, you can visit www.takeielts.britishcouncil.org.
What is an IELTS Indicator?
The IELTS Indicator is like a test that you can take online. Those who are familiar with the regular exam from IELTS will find this test familiar. The test has four exams. These exams gauge your skills in four areas in how well you know English. The modules will test your English Listening and Reading skills. As well as your Writing and Speaking skills in English. As you complete the four modules, you will receive an “indicative” score for each. Coming to your performance in the test — dedicated examiners will mark your responses in each section. After this, you will receive your result on the test within one week’s time.
Is the IELTS Indicator the same as a real Test?
The short answer is no. This IELTS Indicator is a part of a much larger program from the British Council—the organization that runs IELTS. Having said that, the test is in place to ensure students test English language skills when they can not move out. The test will be there until normalcy returns, wherein the test centers will open again to begin their exams. As per the official website, this test is “available for a limited time while IELTS testing is currently suspended due to COVID-19.”
The test provides indicative scores that indicate your level of fluency in the English language. But that does not mean the test is of no use. Some universities and educational institutions are accepting the scores of this online test. Especially now that future University students are unable to take the original test because of lockdowns in place.
The official website advises that you must check with your university beforehand. You must find out whether they will accept this test score for admissions or not as there are still many organizations that do not accept admissions— only on the basis of an Indicator score.
Other than students, this test from IELTS is not applicable to certain people. Especially people who are applying to jobs abroad. The British Council Website says that the test is not designed to gauge your language skills for immigration purposes.
Steps to take this test from IELTS
Read this step by step guide to help you take the test.
- Make certain you can access a quiet spot where you can set up your computer or laptop.
- You will need a reliable internet connection to complete the test.
- It is advisable that you do not take this test from IELTS on a mobile phone.
- Open the Booking Confirmation Email That You Will Receive.
- Click the Confirm That Your System Meets Minimum Requirement Section Highlighted In Blue.
- Then Click The Operating System That You Are Using.
- Click Windows For Windows or IOS for Apple Operating System.
- Now, your computer will automatically download a file.
- This is a SEB File (or Safe Exams Browser File).
- Accept the agreements and click Install.
- Now you will receive a separate email with login details for this test.
- Click the test link mentioned in the email.
- A website will open asking you for your login credentials.
- After you type your username and password (received in email), you can begin your test.
Click here to see a video on how to take your test.
Tips on taking this IELTS test
Here are a few things to keep in mind before you take the IELTS Indicator test.
- You will need a laptop or desktop computer (Mac or PC only).
- You cannot take this test from IELTS on mobile.
- You will need wired or wireless headphones as it improves your sound quality during your Listening test.
- You will need a working web camera.
- Make sure you download the Zoom application on your laptop or PC.
- Note that you will need to pay the test fee through online banking.
- The fee is 149 USD.
- Make sure you contact your local bank about the transaction before you pay.
- As the transaction may be seen as an international payment.
Benefits of this IELTS Test
Depending on where you are in your IELTS curriculum, here are some benefits to consider if you are unsure about taking this test.
- IELTS Indicator is a great way to revise your preparation for the main exams.
- IELTS Indicator uses questions from the official test of the IELTS to help you test your skills in Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking in English when you are unable to go out.
- Officially certified examiners will mark your performance in the test.
- You can take the test from the comfort and safety of your home.
- You can use the indicative score to speed up your application process in many universities and educational institutions
- Unlike other indicator tests in the market, this test is an official IELTS product.
Institutions that accept IELTS Indicator
Here are some of the educational institutions that accept this Indicator test from IELTS now:
New Zealand and Australia:
- Macquarie University — Sydney, Australia
- Massey University — New Zealand
- The University of Adelaide — New Zealand
- Charles Darwin University — Australia
- California State University, Northridge Undergraduate and Graduate Admissions
- Carnegie Mellon University Integrated Innovation Institute
- Chapman University Graduate Admissions
- Colgate University
- Brunel University London
- Cambridge Education Group
- Canterbury Christ Church University
- Cardiff Metropolitan University
- McGill University
- College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan
- Fleming College
- George Brown College
- Humber College
Click Here For the Full List
Further Reading: What Else Is Online From IELTS
The IELTS MyTutor is online coaching that supports many students to improve their English language skills. The sessions of this product from IELTS were a huge success for the British Council. Applicants have booked more than 5,000 lessons after their launch. Students can personalize their MyTutor sessions according to the English level and motivation to learn.
For example, students can quickly brush up on English speaking skills right before an interview. Or, they can have extensive learning sessions if students are preparing for this exam. The best part about the MyTutor sessions is that the teachers hail from different nations across the world. They are all experienced online tutors. This allows the flexibility to study in any time zone.
The IELTS Indicator and the IELTS MyTutor are a great combination to add to your preparation arsenal from IELTS. So don’t let Covid-19 interfere with your preparation. And, more importantly, don’t give up on your dreams to study abroad. If you liked this article, don’t forget to share it with those who need to know about this test. Good luck!