Introducing the Updated IET – International English Test

During COVID, it has been quite challenging for many students to take English tests in their country. In 2020 we created the online “International English Test” to solve this problem. This is a 17 minute recorded online interview with a professional examiner.

This has been widely successful in solving the problem for students and universities, and it has been accepted by 98% of Chinese universities. However, one of the shortcomings of the test, is that it only measures your oral skills and not your writing and reading.

Through consultations with universities and industry experts, in order to give a complete assessment of your English level,  we are now upgrading to the full “International English Test”.

Test Format:

The International English Test is now made of the following parts:
– Speaking – Online Interview (The original IET) – it will last 15 minutes.
– Reading – 2 Articles and Questions (40 minutes )
 – Writing – 2 Essay Questions (40 minutes)
 – Listening – 3 Sections, 16 questions – (30 minutes)


You will receive a score based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) which is an international standard of your language ability. You will receive a score for each level: Speaking, Reading, Writing and Listening, together with an overall score. The university can use this to assess your language proficiency, and they can also watch the video interview.

Test Requirements:

You are required to have an internet speed of 1mbp/s and you can check your internet speed here: If you do not have a fast enough speed, you will need to upgrade your internet plan, use mobile internet (if it is fast enough), or find a location with faster internet speed in your country. There will be no refunds based on internet connection problems.


The test is fully secure, with ID verification, and a live invigilator to be monitoring you whilst you take the test. You are not allowed to have anyone else in the room, and you will need to use a secure browser, and are not allowed to visit any other browser tab or use any other external resources (otherwise your test will be cancelled). Your keyboard, computer screen, and room will all be recorded.

Is it like the TOEFL or IELTS?

The IET testing and scoring method is comparable to the TOEFL and IELTS. It measures your English ability to the same accuracy, but it is cheaper, faster, and more convenient for students.

Read More: What is the difference between IELTS, TOEFL, and IET?

How to order the test:

You can order the test here.After you have booked the test you will receive an online link to book the time for the interview test and the reading, writing and listening test, together with a guide on how to prepare. You will be able to book it within 2-4 days, and the certificate will be ready in 2-4 days.

Note: If you have already taken the original IET test, you can upgrade to the full test for $60 USD. We will send you the link to book the exam, and your certificate will then be upgraded.

Prepare for the test:

Read more about how to prepare for the test here. There are practice tests and preparation packages available.

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