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Fast Facts on computer-delivered IELTS

Still deciding on whether to take paper-based or computer-delivered IELTS?

Choosing the most suitable option can make you feel more comfortable and confident in taking your IELTS test. 

To give you more information, we have put together some frequently asked questions about the computer-delivered IELTS features and format. Click on each question below to reveal the answer.

A: The computer-delivered and paper-based IELTS are practically the same in terms of content and marking.  The difference would be the delivery of the test (on paper or computer) and the features available for each format. Otherwise, question types & assessment criteria are exactly the same for both. 

A: Yes, test takers will be provided with pen/pencil and paper for note-taking during the test. However, you will be asked to leave the used paper after the test. 

A: In computer-delivered IELTS, you will be typing your answers directly on the test questions page on the computer, so there is no need for transfer time.  You will be given 2 minutes to check your answers at the end of the test.

A: The British Council has developed a  full sample version of the computer-delivered IELTS test to help test takers. which It aims to familiarise test takers of with the features and format of the computer-delivered IELTS test. You may access the familiarisation test here:

A: There is no need for a 'save' or 'submit' button on the computer-delivered IELTS screen.  All answers are automatically saved as you go through the entire test. Similarly, the screen automatically ends the test when the time is up.  

A: Some test takers find it more convenient to take the test on computer because of their familiarity in using the computer in their work or study.  Ultimately, the option to take the test on computer or paper depends on the test takers' preference.

A: Compared to the paper-based IELTS, the computer-delivered IELTS test is less crowded. Fewer people take the test at one time, however, there are more test sessions to choose from.

A: While computer-delivered IELTS is taken through a computer, it will still be delivered in an authorised testing venue where security measures are in place.

A: Similar to the paper-based test, you only get to listen to the recording once.

A: Yes, you may view other parts of the test within the same section (Listening, Reading, and Writing). There is a navigation bar at the bottom of the screen which allows you to check other parts and questions within the same subtest.

A: Yes, the computer-delivered IELTS screen includes features like highlighting and note-taking. Other standard functions like, click and drag, copy and paste (CTRL+C and CTRL+V) are also available.

A: No, there is no need for you to remove any highlights or notes you have made during the test. These do not affect your score in the computer-delivered IELTS test.

A: One of the benefits of taking the IELTS on computer is the availability of the word count function.  In computer-delivered IELTS, there is no need for you to manually count the words in the Writing test, unlike in the paper-based test.

A: After completing the test, you are not allowed to leave the room earlier than the rest. Since everybody will be starting the test at the same time, all computers will end and close the screen simultaneously.

A: Compared to the paper-based IELTS, the computer-delivered IELTS test is less crowded. Fewer people take the test at one time, however, there are more test sessions to choose from.

A: Although some features of the computer-delviered IELTS screen are similar to other computer software, it does not include grammar and spell check.

A: Some locations may provide both paper-based and computer-delivered IELTS test, but not all.  Please check availability of computer-delivered IELTS in your preferred location from you test centre.

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