IDP launches Envoy: a new online English language test

IDP Education
04 December 2023

IDP Education, a leader in international education services, is proud to launch Envoy, a new adaptive English language test, which can be taken anywhere and provides a true indication of a person’s ability to use English in real-life settings.

Key facts

  • Envoy is an online English-language test designed by experts in linguistics and powered by AI

  • Backed by IDP’s decades of experience understanding students and English language learning and testing around the world

  • Designed for use in education settings

  • Provides a true indication of a student’s ability to use English in real-life settings

  • Enables teachers to adapt lessons to students’ needs as they progress on their English language voyage

  • Tests four language skills of Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. Modular design enables one or multiple skills to be tested

  • Results within two hours, aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

Envoy is an online test which assesses four language skills: Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. It provides both English language teachers and students with a more personalised, engaging and enjoyable learning experience.

Born from IDP’s decades of experience and insights from thousands of students worldwide, Envoy is a next-generation English test which combines the expertise of linguists with advanced AI technology. It uses open-ended questions to assess and report on English language and communication skills in real life settings.

Envoy supports students at every stage throughout their English language journey. It can be used for diagnostic purposes for entry to a language learning program, to check progress as part of English language learning, or to assess overall proficiency at the completion of learning.

It accurately assesses students’ progress and enables teachers to tailor lesson plans to students’ needs as they improve their English proficiency and confidence. Testing can be completed in as little as 20 minutes for one skill or within 90 minutes for all four skills.

Results are aligned to the CEFR and are available to students and teachers within two hours. Envoy’s test engages students by prompting authentic responses, making it a valuable resource for learners at all levels.

Lauren Mcswain, Marketing Manager for Envoy said that the test combines AI and linguistic expertise to make English learning more personalised and enjoyable for both students and teachers.

“Envoy gives both students and teachers flexible testing and detailed insights explaining every test score,” said Ms Mcswain.

“Envoy is the result of IDP’s deep understanding of the global education community and the need for a flexible, cost-effective test for English language schools and other business needs.

“IDP will continue to leverage AI-powered technology to support and enhance human-centred services. With this next-generation English language test, Envoy will empower teachers to help every student realise their full potential.”

Envoy will launch in December and be available in most countries around the world. For more information about Envoy, visit


About IDP Education

IDP is a leader in international education services. IDP is listed on the Australian securities exchange (ASX: IEL) and has 6,800 employees across more than 30 countries. We specialise in combining human expertise with digital technology to help people get accepted into their ideal course, take an English language test or learn English. Our teams work side-by-side with our customers, at every step from course search through to starting their dream course or career abroad.

We partner with more than 890 quality universities and institutions across Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. Our data insights are relied upon by organisations around the world to help ensure policies are informed by the diverse needs, challenges and motivations of students.

Most of all, we are proud of our people, who are trusted by our customers to help them realise their global study or career goals.

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