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Prepare for computer-delivered IELTS

Contents

 

Introduction to computer-delivered IELTS

 

Listening

The Listening question types for computer-delivered IELTS are the same as in the paper-delivered test. A variety of tasks is used including:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Matching
  • Plan/Map/Diagram Labelling
  • Form Completion
  • Note Completion
  • Table Completion
  • Flow-chart Completion
  • Summary Completion
  • Sentence Completion
  • Short Answer Questions

Any of these question types may appear in any of the four parts of the test. A selection of sample Listening test questions is given below. Answer Keys and transcripts of the recordings are also provided for you to check your answers.

In each sample, you will have some time to look through the questions before the recording starts, and some time at the end to check your answers.

Sample Listening Multiple Choice (one answer)

You will hear an extract from a Part 3 recording in which a student called Judy is discussing her research with her tutor and fellow students.

For each question, click on the correct answer.

Sample Listening Multiple Choice (more than one answer)

You will hear an extract from a Part 1 recording in which two people are discussing a guide to a library.

Click on the correct answers.

Sample Listening Matching

You will hear an extract from a Part 2 recording in which a woman is talking to new staff at a children’s summer camp.

For each question, click on the correct answer and move it into the gap.

Sample Listening Plan/Map/Diagram Labelling (Type A)

You will hear an extract from Part 2 of the test in which a tour guide describes different places in a US town.

For each question, click on the correct space in the table.

Sample Listening Short Answer Questions

You will hear an extract from Part 2 of the test in which a representative from a clothing company is giving a talk to high school students.

For each question, write your answer in the gap.

 

Reading

Academic Reading

The Academic Reading question types in computer-delivered IELTS are the same as in the paper-based test. A variety of tasks is used including:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Identifying Information (True/False/Not Given)
  • Identifying a Writer’s Views/Claims (Yes/No/Not Given)
  • Matching Information
  • Matching Headings
  • Matching Features
  • Matching Sentence Endings
  • Summary Completion
  • Note Completion
  • Table Completion
  • Flow-chart Completion
  • Diagram Label Completion
  • Short Answer Questions

Any of these question types may appear in any of the three parts of the test. A selection of sample Academic Reading test questions is given below. Answer Keys are also provided for you to check your answers.

Sample Academic Reading Multiple Choice (one answer)

You will read an extract from a Part 1 text about older people in the workforce.

Click on the correct answer.

Sample Academic Reading Multiple Choice (more than one answer)

You will read an extract from a Part 1 text about older people in the workforce.

Click on the correct answer.

Sample Academic Reading Identifying Information (True/False/Not Given)

You will read an extract from a Part 1 text about the scientist Marie Curie.

Click on the correct answer.

Sample Academic Reading Note Completion

You will read an extract from a Part 1 text about the scientist Marie Curie.

For each question, write your answer in the gap.

Sample Academic Reading Matching Headings

You will read a Part 2 text about the physics of traffic behaviour.

For each question, click on the correct answer and move it into the gap.

Sample Academic Reading Summary Completion (selecting words from the text)

You will read an extract from a Part 3 text about the ‘Plain English’ movement, which promotes the use of clear English.

For each question, write your answer in the gap.

Sample Academic Reading Summary Completion (selecting from a list of words or phrases)

You will read an extract from a Part 3 text about language.

For each question, write your answer in the gap.

Sample Academic Reading Flow-chart Completion (selecting words from the text)

You will read an extract from a Part 3 text about the effect of a low-calorie diet on the ageing process.

For each question, write your answer in the gap.

 

General Training Reading

The General Training Reading question types in computer-delivered IELTS are the same as in the paper-based test. A variety of tasks is used including:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Identifying Information (True/False/Not Given)
  • Identifying a Writer’s Views/Claims (Yes/No/Not Given)
  • Matching Information
  • Matching Headings
  • Matching Features
  • Matching Sentence Endings
  • Summary Completion
  • Note Completion
  • Table Completion
  • Flow-chart Completion
  • Diagram Label Completion
  • Short Answer Questions

Any of these question types may appear in any of the three parts of the test. A selection of sample Academic Reading test questions is given below. Answer Keys are also provided for you to check your answers.

Sample General Training Reading - Matching information

Sample General Training Reading - True/False/Not Given

Sample General Training Reading Note Completion

Sample General Training Reading - Sentence Completion

 

Writing

Academic Writing

The Academic Writing question types in computer-delivered IELTS are the same as in the paper-based test. A variety of tasks is used including:

  • In Part 1, you are presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and are asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.
  • In Part 2, you are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.

Sample Academic Writing test questions are given below. Sample responses with band scores and examiner comments are also provided.

Sample Academic Writing test questions

 

General Training Writing

The General Training Writing question types in computer-delivered IELTS are the same as in the paper-based test. A variety of tasks is used including:

  • In Part 1, you are presented with a situation and are asked to write a letter requesting information or explaining the situation. 
  • In Part 2, you are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.

Sample General Training Writing test questions are given below. Sample responses with band scores and examiner comments are also provided.

Sample General Training Writing test questions