Same Test. Same Examiners. Same Experience. 


How does the video-call speaking test work?

The Test takers will take their Speaking test 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. You will be able to see your examiners face, hear them speak, and have a live conversation with them, asyou would in-person.

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.
  • A member of the staff 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
  • 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.
  • The invigilators will be there in case you need any help.


What is Video-Call Speaking Test?

With Video-Call Speaking tests, you will have 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 is the same test being carried out with a trained certified experienced IELTS Examiner. There is no change to test content, marking, structure or timing. 

Will it still be a face-to-face Speaking test?

Yes, your Speaking test will still be face-to-face, however, your examiner will attend your test via a video call.

You will be able to see your examiners face, hear them speak, and have a live conversation with them, as you would in-person.

Can I take the test from anywhere?

No, you will have to visit your respective IELTS test centre.

Do I need to prepare for my Speaking test differently?

No, you will not need to prepare any differently. All aspects of the Speaking test will remain the same, including the question types, timing, and marking.

Will I need to do anything differently on test day?

On your test day, an IELTS staff member will complete your ID check as per normal and show you to your Speaking test room. An IELTS staff member will set-up your video-call, you will not be required to touch any equipment or set up the call.

Will there be invigilator present in the Video-Call speaking test room?

The security format is exactly the same as for the in-person test; the invigilator will accompany you into and out of the test room and be there for your assistance.

Will my Speaking test be marked any differently?

No, your IELTS Speaking test will continue to be marked by a trained and certified examiner. Your speaking skills are marked against a number of criteria, including ‘fluency and coherence’, ‘lexical resource’, ‘pronunciation’, ‘grammatical range’, and ‘accuracy’.

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