It appears that test takers can now register for “IELTS Online,” which is a version of the IELTS test that can be taken from home. The registration page is right here. It appears that the speaking section is offered only on Wednesdays, while the rest of the test is offered only on Thursdays. Yes, that means the test must be completed across two separate days. The cost seems to be $229 USD.
Sadly, registration seems to be limited to certain countries. I’ve used my VPN to confirm that IELTS Online is currently available in Japan and Korea. I have confirmed that it is not available in the United States and India. Those are just the countries I have tested so far. I’ll run a few experiments to figure out which other countries I can register from.
Honestly, though, don’t be surprised if this changes in the near future. I don’t see any details about this on the main IELTS page, and I only know about the registration page because it was sent to me. The only additional details provided right now seem to be in Japanese.
Update: A test-taker guide to the Online Test is now available.
Update: IDP has some unlisted YouTube videos with more information. Find them here: