Computer-delivered IELTS

Computer-delivered IELTS

Since 2016, you can pass IELTS on computer: read from the screen, scroll and print essays using keyboard! Computer-based IELTS is available in more than 70 countries.

Since 2016, you can pass IELTS on computer: read from the screen, scroll and print essays using keyboard! Computer-based IELTS is available in more than 70 countries.

Also, there are more test dates available with computer-delivered IELTS than with ordinary paper-based, and you can choose IELTS at a time convenient for you, and receive their results in 5 to 7 days.

What is Computer-based IELTS?

Everything is the same as on paper - the Test Report Form along with timings, test structure and scores are the same whether you take the test on paper or on computer. The only difference is the computer itself.

  • Listening, Reading, Writing – you will do using a computer.
  • Speaking – face-to-face session an IELTS Examiner as in regular IELTS.

ATTENTION:
Listening section in a computer version of IELTS is SHORTER  - 30-34 minutes overall, because you do not need to transfer your  answers to an answer sheet, you type them directly on a computer.
At the end of the Listening part, you will have 2 minutes to check all the answers.

In paper-based test the Listening section timing is 30 minutes. Listening itself and 10 min. is given to transfer the answers from the question paper to an answer sheet. 

How to choose: paper-based IELTS or computer-based IELTS?

You should choose what is more convenient personally for you: reading from paper or from the screen; typing an essay or write it by hand; etc. - Everything is very individual.

If your handwriting is not very good and you are sure that the examiner will not be able to read what you have written with a pen, perhaps the paper version is more suitable for you.

However, if you type slowly, it may be easier and faster for you to write by hand.

If you are unsure, we suggest you do some sample IELTS tasks on computer from official sources: ielts.org and the British Council, it will definitely help you decide which version to choose. After completing some tasks, you will be fully aware of what to expect from a computer test. https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/computer-delivered-ielts/sample-test-questions

Detailed tutorials on how to take IELTS on a computer: https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/computer-delivered-sample-test-questions

Computer-delivered IELTS pdf: Download (.pdf)