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Introducing Video call Speaking tests

Video-call Speaking offers an additional opportunity for you to take your IELTS Speaking test. It is the same speaking experience. The same certified examiners. And the same test you trust.

Your Speaking test examiner will not be in the same test room as you, but instead, you’ll speak with them via a video call in a private test room at your centre. All aspects of the Speaking test will remain the same, including the question types, timing and marking.

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“The examiner was lovely. I felt at ease, comfortable at all times. When my time was up in certain parts I was stopped in a way that was appropriate rather than being cut off.”

Get to know Video call Speaking tests

How does the video call Speaking test work?

  • The test will be delivered over video call by a certified, expert Speaking examiner, enabling real-life, real-time, two-way communication, just like in the real world.

  • The video call Speaking test is exactly the same as the in-person Speaking test in terms of content, scoring, timing, question format and security arrangements.

How is the video call Speaking test delivered?

  • An IELTS team member will guide you to your Speaking test room and verify your identity.

  • Once you have your noise-cancelling headset on, you can start your Speaking test on a high-definition video call with an examiner who is based in another test centre.

  • You can expect crystal clear sound, secure fast connections and real-life conversation

“Absolutely fine. No issues with the video verses face-to-face. Would recommend. Good quality video and sound.”

What to expect on test day

What you will see in the Speaking test room

  1. There is a computer monitor with a camera on top and speakers. Some centres may use a headset instead of speakers.

  2. Like the in-person test, there is a pen and paper on the desk for use in Part 2. Please do not touch this until the examiner invites you to. When Part 2 is finished, please put the pen down and do not touch it again.

What to expect during your Speaking test

  1. The invigilator will confirm your name and candidate number when you are in the test room.

  2. The invigilator will then read out the number of your ID document to confirm your identity for the examiner.

  3. You will be asked to place your ID document on the desk. Please leave it there until you leave the room.

  4. The invigilator will then give you the headset to wear and check that your image is in the centre of the monitor.

  5. The examiner will ask if you can hear clearly.

  6. Once you confirm you can hear, the invigilator will leave the room, and your test will begin.


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The IELTS Speaking Test has always been face-to-face, structured like a conversation between the examiner & test-taker.

Why the IELTS Speaking test is better

The IELTS Speaking test is with a real person

  • The IELTS Speaking test has always been a one-on-one conversation between you and your examiner.

  • With the Video-call Speaking test, all aspects of the IELTS Speaking test is the same as the test you trust, but you’ll speak with your examiner via a video call in a private test room at your test centre.

Don't get timed out with IELTS

  • We won’t cut you off if you take too long to start. Get the time and consideration you deserve with IELTS.

Clarify the question

  • Choose to take a test with a person, someone who will understand you pace and skill level. They can clarify the question and make sure you understand it.

We hear your accent

  • IELTS is an international test, and we accept your accent wherever in the world you’re from. Your examiner will match your speaking pace and proficiency.

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  • Practice your speaking skills with an IELTS expert and receive a personalised action plan to improve your IELTS Speaking band score.

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