Frequently Asked Questions

Please refer to the FAQs below to find answers to common questions asked about IELTS Progress Check:

General questions

What is IELTS Progress Check?

IELTS Progress Check provides official, computer-based IELTS practice tests that are assessed and scored by official IELTS markers.

Every IELTS Progress Check Report includes an indicative IELTS band score result, with offical feedback on each section of the test. This will help you to improve your preparation for your real test.

You will only be able to submit your test for assessment once you have completed all four sections. You will receive your IELTS Progress Check Report within five days of completing the test.

Should I take IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training?

To make this decision, visit www.ielts.org to see details of the organisations and institutions that accept IELTS. You should also check with the education institution, immigration authority or professional organisation to which you are applying for its specific IELTS requirements.

If you require IELTS for more than one reason, aim for the highest band requirement. Many organisations will accept IELTS Academic test results in place of IELTS General Training results, but they probably will not accept General Training results in place of Academic results. Discuss your individual requirement with the organisations to which you intend to apply.

How many days of access will I get for each IELTS practice test I purchase?

You will receive 120 days of access for each IELTS practice test you purchase.

When will I get my IELTS Progress Check results?

Your IELTS Progress Check report, including your indicative IELTS band score and marker feedback, will be ready within five days of completing the test. You will receive a link to your report by email. To access your report via the IELTS Progress Check site, simply go to the ‘My Account’ tab and select the test you took. There will be a notification on the screen when your results are ready.

Can under-16s purchase IELTS Progress Check?

Students under the age of 16 are allowed to the take IELTS Progress Check, but it is not recommended. The test content of both IELTS Progress Check and the actual IELTS test are designed for adult English language learners.

What is the difference between IELTS Progress Check practice tests and the real IELTS test?

IELTS Progress Check is an official online preparation tool which enables you to try authentic test content in an online environment and enables you to get official feedback from IELTS experts. However, given that this is delivered online (whereas the real test is delivered in a face-to-face environment) there are inevitably some differences.

  • IELTS Progress Check practice tests are not timed. We recommend you time yourself to get the most realistic result, however we do not enforce a timer because we want you to be in control of your practise. This way, if you are interrupted during your practise, you can return and resume the test when it is convenient for you.
  • Before the Listening and Speaking section you will need to check that your computer or iPad has speakers with sound switched on and that your microphone settings are working. You will be prompted to test your microphone at the beginning of the Speaking section and to record a sample to check everything is working correctly.
  • During the Speaking section, we show a timer counting down how much time you have to answer each question. Don’t worry if you talk for slightly longer than the recording allows. We will have enough of a sample in order to assess your answers.  In the real test, the examiner may enable you to speak for slightly longer if you have a lot to say but will usually move you along to the next question.
  • If you do not hear a question in the Speaking section, it will not be repeated. In the real test, you are able to ask the examiner to repeat a question. Don’t worry if this happens in the practice test, as you can start the complete Speaking test again.
  • If you need to take notes during your practice test, you will need to make those separately (e.g. using pen and paper) as there is not a ‘notes’ tool within IELTS Progress Check.
  • You will get your IELTS Progress Check results within five days of completing a whole test. In the real test, results are made available after 13 days.
  • Your IELTS Progress Check results cannot be used to support applications for study, professional registration or immigration purposes.
  • Finally, due to the fact that these are practice tests which you take in your own time, within conditions we cannot control, the results you get are indicative only. In addition, they are a reflection of the standard of English you demonstrate in that particular practice test only. In other words, just because you achieved a band score ‘6’ in your IELTS Progress Check practice test does not guarantee that you will receive the same score in your real test. That will depend on your own performance on the day of your real IELTS test.

Taking a practice test

Why isn’t the IELTS Progress Check timed like the real IELTS test?

The IELTS Progress Check is a tool designed to assist you in your English language test preparation, so we feel you should be allowed to complete it at your own pace. While we recommend completing the Listening, Reading and Writing sections together without pausing (as you will have to on your real test day), we do realise that you may be interrupted or wish to take your time. We also recommend that you time yourself during your practice test to get an idea of how well you would do under real test conditions.

Can I review my answers during the test?

Yes. The pace at which you sit the test is up to you and you can review the answers. However, please remember that during the real test you will have time to review your answers within each section of the test but once you have moved onto the next component you won’t be able to return to the previous one. Therefore, for the most authentic test experience (and to get a realistic score) from your IELTS Progress Check, we recommend sticking to the same conditions as you would have to in the test, wherever possible.

What happens if I have to stop – or lose access – part of the way through the test?

Don’t worry. Simply go back to IELTS Progress Check via your browser history, bookmarks or the link in your registration email. The answers to the questions you have completed will be saved. However, due to technical restrictions, the Listening and Speaking recording will start again from the beginning. Although if you have already completed and submitted your recordings they will have been saved.

When will I get my IELTS Progress Check results?

Your IELTS Progress Check Report, including your indicative IELTS band score and marker feedback, will be ready five days after completing the test. You will receive your report by email. To access your report via the IELTS Progress Check site, simply go to the ‘My Account’ tab and select the test you took. There will be a notification on the screen when your results are ready.

How do I submit my practice test for marking?

As soon as you complete the last section, your answers will be submitted for marking automatically.

How can I pause the test if I need to take a break?

IELTS Progress Check is not timed. It allows you to enter and exit the test at your convenience and your answers up until your last fully completed answer will be saved. You can exit the test at any stage by closing your browser.

To start the test again after you have closed the browser you will need to log back into IELTS Progress Check, go to ‘My Account’ and then click ‘Start Test’.  You can then pick up from where you left off.

Please note that if you exit and restart the test, the Listening and Speaking recording will start again from the beginning (but your answers to the questions you have completed will be saved).

Can I go back and change my answers?

You are given an opportunity to review your answers at the end of each test component – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. You can also skip back and forth between questions via the red grid icon in the top right-hand corner of your screen. However, once you have confirmed that you have completed the component, you will not be able to reopen it.

Once you have completed the final component, your answers for all four components will be submitted for marking. IELTS Progress Check is designed this way to give you the most authentic test experience and the best reflection of your current readiness for the test.

Results and marking

When and how will I get my results report?

You will get your results within five days of completing your practice test. You will receive an email with a link to access your results. Alternatively, you can access your results report by logging into the IELTS Progress Check portal and clicking into ‘My Account’.

Remember: Your IELTS Progress Check Report is not an official IELTS Test Report Form and cannot be used to apply for entry to universities, organisations or for visa purposes. It provides an indicative score based on your practice test performance to give you a good idea of your current English language proficiency. 

Who is doing the marking?

IELTS practice tests are assessed and scored by official IELTS markers.

Every IELTS Progress Check Report comes with official feedback and an indicative bands core to help you improve your preparation for the real test. Your official feedback is chosen by our expert markers from the IELTS band score descriptors most representative of your performance.

I took more than one practice test. Why are my results different?

You may notice some variability in the indicative score you receive if you take more than one practice test. As with any test, several factors beyond our control can lead to this variability, including test-day issues (such as your mood, state of health or feeling nervous). Another important factor could be the fact that between taking the different practice tests, you may have improved in one or two skill areas, while not maintaining the same level in the other skill areas (i.e., improving in reading and writing, but losing some abilities in speaking and listening).

Rest assured; to ensure the reliability of IELTS we have rigorous quality control of test content and scoring procedures. Markers who score IELTS Progress Check practice tests are trained and certified in standardised marking methods and their performance is regularly monitored.

I am not happy with my score. Can I request a re-mark?

The indicative scores and feedback you receive for any practice test taken via IELTS Progress Check is final and your test cannot be re-marked.

To ensure the reliability of IELTS we have rigorous quality control of test content and scoring procedures. Markers who score IELTS Progress Check practice tests are trained and certified in standardised marking methods and their performance is regularly monitored.

When it comes to your real IELTS test, if you are concerned that your score is not accurate, you are entitled to apply for a partial or full re-mark of your test directly through your test centre. There is a charge for this service, although it will be refunded if you are awarded a higher band score.

Can I use my result to apply for study, work or visa applications?

The Progress Check Report is not an official IELTS Test Report Form and cannot be used to apply for entry to universities, organisations or for visa purposes. It provides an indicative score based on your practice test performance to give you a good idea of your current English language proficiency.

My Account

How can I change my password?

Change the password for your account by following these steps:

  1. Click on MY ACCOUNT.
  2. Select Account Details.
  3. Enter your current password.
  4. Enter your new password.
  5. Re-enter your password.
  6. Select SAVE CHANGES.
How can I change my contact details?

Change your contact details by following these steps:

  1. Click on MY ACCOUNT.
  2. Select
  3. Select Edit to change your billing address.
I need a receipt for my payment.

Once you have completed payment, you will receive an email with your payment details. You can also access payment details through MY ACCOUNT > ORDERS.

I have accidently added two items to my basket. How can I remove one?

If you have accidently added more than the intended number of items to your basket, you can remove them by following these steps:

  1. Select the shopping cart icon.
  2. Hover over the Quantity A number selector will become visible.
  3. Select the relevant arrow to adjust the quantity.
  4. Select UPDATE BASKET.
Can I purchase multiple tests?

If you would like to purchase multiple tests, you can do so by following these steps:

  1. Select the
  2. Hover over the Quantity A number selector will become visible.
  3. Select the up arrow to adjust the quantity.
  4. Select UPDATE BASKET.

Please note that at present there is one version of each IELTS practice test available for purchase:

IELTS Academic Practice Test # 1                   IELTS General Training Practice Test # 1

How can I get a refund?

If you would like to enquire for a refund please contact ieltsprogresscheck@idp.com.

Refunds are strictly provided on a case-by-case basis.

Technical questions

How can I start my IELTS practice test?

Launch your test by following these steps:

  1. Click on MY ACCOUNT.
  2. Select Dashboard.
  3. Select Start Test when you are ready to begin your practice test.
Can I pause the Listening or Speaking tests?

The Listening and Speaking tests are a recording and cannot be paused.

If you would like to restart the Listening or Speaking tests, exit the browser and re-enter the test. The recording will start from the beginning.

What happens if I exceed the recommended time allowed for the test?

The tests are not timed because they are only practice tests. However, remember that for the most authentic test experience and score, you should time yourself and try to keep within the times allowed in the real test.

What does the Flag button do?

The flag button highlights pages that you may want to review before you submit your answers. Select the flag from the test dashboard to quickly return to the page you have flagged.

I can’t access IELTS Progress Check via Internet Explorer. What can I do?

Unfortunately, Microsoft Internet Explorer is not supported to run IELTS Progress Check. Don’t worry, there is an easy fix. You can take the test using Chrome or Firefox either on your desktop or an Android tablet. If you have an Apple device, you can use Safari. There is also a free app that you can download from the Apple App store that enables you to take IELTS Progress Check on an iPad.

My audio is not playing and I have missed a part of the Listening test.

Close your browser tab to stop the test. Resolve your audio problem, then restart the test by re-entering the IELTS Progress Check site and reopening the test.

My microphone is not working for my Speaking test and I have missed part of the test.

Close your browser tab to stop the test. Resolve the microphone problem, then restart the test by re-entering the IELTS Progress Check site and reopening the test.

My text is not displaying correctly (overlapping).

Open the test in full screen by selecting the  icon at the top right of your browser.

I am encountering errors when accessing the Speaking test.

If you are encountering errors when accessing the Speaking test, you may be using an unsupported browser. You must use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

How do I return to my dashboard after completing a component of the test?

You can return to your dashboard once you have submitted a component of the test through the ‘Return to dashboard’ link visible upon test completion.

Once I have finished the practice test, can I access the same test again?

Once you have selected Finish, the test will become locked and you will no longer have access to it.

Completed test components will have a icon on the test launch icon.