Choose from more test dates and get your results even quicker

Everyone loves choice. We have made it easier and more convenient for you to take your IELTS test. You can now take your test on a computer.

With computer-delivered testing, you can take your IELTS test, Academic or General Training, and you simply type your answers. 

What you get when you take IELTS on a computer:

  • more test dates to choose from
  • more venues to choose from
  • more flexibility
  • your results will be available really quick in 5-7 days.

How does computer-delivered IELTS work?

If you choose computer-delivered IELTS, you will take the Listening, Reading and Writing sections on a computer. The Speaking test will remain face to face with a trained IELTS Examiner, as we believe it is the most effective way of assessing your speaking skills.

All other aspects of the test are exactly the same, whether it is taken on paper or on computer, including:

  • Content
  • Timings
  • Question types
  • Scoring
  • Speaking test delivery
  • Test Report Form
  • Results Verification 

Please note: if you have any special requirements, you will need to take paper-based IELTS, which caters to all test takers regardless of requirements.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. What are the enhancements?

A. Computer-delivered IELTS provides test takers with more test date options and quicker results turnaround.

Q. Is the test changing?

A. The test format is not changing. The computer-delivered test will cover the Listening, Reading and Writing sections. The test will be the same as IELTS delivered on paper in terms of content, scoring, level of difficulty and test format. The IELTS Speaking test is not changing and will still be carried out with a trained, certified IELTS Examiner.

Q. Why are these enhancements happening?

A. IELTS – the world’s most popular test of English for higher education and global migration - is continually seeking to make enhancements to improve our customers and stakeholders experience.

With computer-delivered IELTS there are more test dates and test sessions available, allowing test takers to sit their test at a time convenient for them.

Q. Which test is best for me?

A. This comes down to personal preference and choice. Some test takers will be used to paper-based exams as this might feel similar to other exam situations from school, whereas other people might feel more comfortable typing. 

Q. Is it the same content as a paper-based test?

A. The computer-delivered test will cover the Listening, Reading and Writing sections. The test will be the same as IELTS delivered on paper in terms of content, scoring, level of difficulty and test format. The Speaking test is not changing and will still be carried out with a trained IELTS Examiner.

Q. Is the test marked by a computer or by a person?

A. The Reading and Listening sections are marked automatically by the computer while the Writing and Speaking sections continue to be rated by trained Examiners.

Q. Is it easier because it is marked on a computer?

A. There is no difference to the marking of the test because the assessment criteria are the same for both computer-delivered and paper-delivered IELTS. 

Q. Is IELTS on a computer harder than IELTS paper-based?

A. No. The computer-delivered test will cover the listening, reading and writing skills. The test will be the same as paper-based IELTS in terms of content, scoring, level of difficulty and question types. The Speaking test is not changing and will still be carried out by a trained IELTS Examiner.

Q. Isn’t the test easier if I can write faster on a computer?

A. No, as the test will be the same as paper-based IELTS in terms of content, scoring, level of difficulty and question types. The Speaking test is not changing and will still be carried out by a trained IELTS Examiner.

Q. I think I need special arrangements for me to take IELTS. Can I still sit the computer-delivered test?

A. Test takers with special requirements are encouraged to contact their test centre to assess their requirements to discuss if the computer-delivered test is suitable. We have a number of options available to support special requirements through our paper-based option, so speak to your test centre to find the option that best suits you.

Q. Can I bring my own laptop/keyboard?

A. There is no need to bring your own keyboard or laptop as all equipment is provided by the test centre and no other equipment is permitted.

Q. Will there be more IELTS sessions available now with the introduction of computer-delivered tests?

A. Initially, there will be a maximum of six computer-delivered IELTS sessions available per week in a limited number of test centres.

We will increase the number of test sessions as we go along. 

Q. Is computer-delivered IELTS available on demand?

A. Computer-delivered IELTS is not available on demand at present. Registration procedures for computer-delivered IELTS are the same as for IELTS delivered on paper.

Q. Does computer-delivered IELTS mean I’ll get my results faster?

A. If you take computer-delivered IELTS you will receive your results 5-7 calendar days after you complete the last section of your test.

Q. Which is more expensive, computer-delivered or paper-based?

A. IELTS strives to offer the same test experience to all of its test takers regardless of where he/she takes the test. Please verify the price for your chosen test session before you complete your registration.

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