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IELTS on Paper or Computer

Important Notice:

Novel Coronavirus (COVID - 19) Update

From Monday 2 March, British Council buildings in Admiralty and Tsim Sha Tsui will start a limited and orderly return to operations with certain restrictions and precautions in place, as detailed below.

Please note:

  • We will temperature check all visitors on entry to our premises. Anyone with a body temperature of 37.3°C or above will not be allowed to enter the building

  • All visitors must complete a health declaration form on arrival

  • We strongly recommend that test takers and students come equipped with masks

  • IELTS test takers should NOT come to our buildings to pick up their Test Report Forms (TRF). All TRFs will be couriered free of charge

We appreciate your cooperation and apologise for any inconvenience that these measures may cause, but please be assured that the health, safety and well-being of our customers, staff and the community in which we operate is our top priority. 

Tests and exams

Hong Kong

  • Computer-delivered IELTS tests, professional exams, UK university and school entrance exams resumed in Hong Kong on a limited basis on 24 February (Please note that ACCA postponed their professional accounting tests for the week of March 2 in Hong Kong, Macau and China). 
  • Paper-based IELTS tests will resume on March 5. Test takers should arrive one hour before the start of the test and adhere to the additional hygiene measures in place.


  • Computer-delivered IELTS tests are suspended until 27 March
  • Paper-based IELTS tests are suspended until April 


Transfers and refunds are available for affected test takers by contacting the test centre through email:


You now have the choice of taking IELTS on paper or on computer in several locations.

IELTS on Paper

If you select this option, you will answer the Listening, Reading and Writing sections on a paper. The Speaking test is carried out face-to-face with a trained IELTS Examiner.
If you have a special requirement, please register for IELTS on paper.


IELTS on Computer

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

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All four sections of computer-delivered IELTS are completed on the same day. The Listening, Reading and Writing sections of paper-based IELTS are completed on the same day. The order in which these tests are taken may vary. There are no breaks between these three tests. The Speaking test, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests.

We are committed to making sure that IELTS is available to everyone. If you have a special requirement, please register for IELTS on paper, as this format is available worldwide, and caters to all test takers regardless of need. If you select IELTS on computer, you will use a different registration system, and we will not be able to complete registration process.

Please choose the option you are most comfortable with: paper-based or computer-delivered.


Computer-delivered IELTS

What is new about computer-delivered IELTS?

  • Faster results – your IELTS results will be available 5-7 days after the test
  • More test sessions – test sessions available throughout the week 
  • More Speaking test timeslots - speaking timeslots available on the same day
  • Last-minute test registration – registration will only close 4 days before the test date, subject to seats availability 
  • Marking – Reading and Listening sections will be auto-marked by computers while the Speaking test will remain to be graded by a trained IELTS examiner 
  • Listening test - headphones will be provided

What remains the same? 

  • Price HK$2,090*
  • Question types
  • Level of difficulty
  • Scoring from 1 (non-user) to 9 (expert user)
  • Recognition by over 10,000 organisations worldwide
  • Face-to-face Speaking test – conducted and assessed by a trained IELTS examiner 


* From 7 April 2020 onwards the fee for IELTS Academic and General Training (paper- based or computer-delivered) test is HK$2,150.


IELTS on Paper

IELTS on Computer