Same experience. Same examiners. Same test


What is video-call speaking test?

Test takers will take the Speaking test at an official IELTS test centre with the same high standard of identity verification. The test will be delivered via a video call by an IELTS Speaking examiner, enabling a real-life, real-time, two-way interaction. The Video-call Speaking test will be exactly the same as the in-person Speaking test in terms of content, scoring, timing, question format and security arrangements.

On the test day-

  • Plan to arrive at your test centre at least 30 minutes before your test and bring your valid Identification Document (ID) you registered with.
  • An IELTS team member will guide you to your Speaking test room and verify your identity.
  • You will be taken into the test room and logged into the computer by a member of staff.
  • You will also be required to wear a headset, so please bear this in mind.
  • You can expect crystal clear sound, secure fast connections and real-life conversation.

During the test- 

  • Speak clearly all the time.
  • Tell the Examiner if you can’t hear and they can repeat themselves.
  • Do not touch anything on the table unless asked to do so by the Examiner.
  • Avoid touching your face, mouth or any stationery items during the test as this may affect the sound quality.
  • The topic for Part 2 of the test will appear on your screen and you can make notes.
  • The Examiner will tell you when the test is finished, and the connection will end.
  • Ring the bell on your table should you need help from the invigilator.

What is Video-Call Speaking test?

With Video-Call Speaking tests, a test taker has a live video-call with an Examiner who is based in another test centre. It is highly secure and maintains the trusted real-life conversation aspect of the Speaking test.

Is the test changing?

No, the Speaking test is not changing and will still be carried out with a trained certified experienced IELTS Examiner. There is no change to test content, marking, structure or timing. The test taker still undergoes the test day identity verification processes in a highly secure IELTS test centre.

Why are you introducing this solution?

IELTS – the world’s most popular test of English for higher education and global migration -is continually seeking to make enhancements to improve the test availability.

Can I bring my own laptop/keyboard?

There is no need to bring your own keyboard or laptop as all equipment is provided by the test centre and no other equipment is permitted.

Why is the Video-Call Speaking test available at few location and not across India?

The British Council has its own roll out schedule for the Video-Call Speaking test in India and will communicate with you the roll out date when we are in a position to do so.

Can you take the call from anywhere?

No, all test takers need to be in a test centre.

Will there be a premium price for this service?

No – this is not a product enhancement, so the fee will remain the same however the Speaking test is taken.

Is the invigilator present in the test room with the test taker?

The security format is exactly the same as for the in-person test; the invigilator accompanies the test taker into and out of the test room.

Video call Speaking tests are only available in a select number of centres. If you have any queries, please contact us.