What is computer-delivered IELTS?
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What is computer-delivered IELTS?

When you book your IELTS test you may have to choose whether to do the test on a computer or on paper. Today I am going to answer some of the questions I am asked most often about the computer-delivered IELTS. 1. Is the computer-delivered IELTS test different to the paper-based IELTS test? The simple answer to this question is NO. The content of the computer-delivered test is exactly the same as paper-based IELTS, and the skills you need to complete the tasks are identical. However, typing your answers on a computer rather than writing them on paper means that things like making corrections, taking notes, highlighting text and keywords etc. are a little different. In the computer-delivered IELTS you read the questions, read texts on a screen and input your answers on the computer. You will not need to transfer your answers to an answer sheet. Just like in the paper-based test, in the computer-delivered test the Listening, Reading and Writing sections are all completed on the same day. In the computer-delivered IELTS the Speaking Test is face-to-face,  just like the paper-based test. It usually happens on the same day as the other sections of the test but, it can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. You will be told by the test centre what the arrangements are. So, to summarise the test content, the question types and scoring are all exactly the same. The only minor difference is in the timing of the IELTS Listening Test as you do not need to transfer your answers at the end of the test.  2. Can I take the IELTS test in my home? No you cannot. All IELTS tests happen in an IELTS test centre. This is to ensure that the test is secure and fair for all candidates. 3. Can I use my own laptop for the IELTS test? No you are not allowed to use your own laptop. To ensure that the test is secure and fair for all, you will take the test on a desktop computer in an IELTS test centre.   4. How can I prepare for the computer-delivered test? You can use exactly the same preparation material for both the computer-delivered and paper-based IELTS. The most important step is to get a good self-study book that has information about all parts of the test. Choose a book that covers the IELTS test that you are taking: Academic or General Paper. Use the Resource Finder to help you find the best self-study book for you.  You can also use any of the preparation material on the We Love IELTS website along with our Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channel of course! You can also subscribe to our Newsletter so that you don’t miss any new resources. Here are some steps you can take when preparing for the computer-delivered IELTS are: Get a good self-study book that covers all parts of the IELTS test you are preparing for. Make sure you understand what you will be asked to do in each section of the test. Remember the Writing Section and Reading Section is different in the Academic IELTS Test and General Paper IELTS Test.  Get a feel for what the computer-delivered IELTS is like with IELTS Intelligence or this YouTube playlist from IELTS Official.  Get lots of practise typing quickly and accurately (without relying on any software to check your spelling and grammar). Use past test questions and type your answers on your computer, time yourself so that you know how quickly you need to type.  Take an online familiarisation test so that you know what all the options in the computer-delivered IELTS test are. Pay particular attention to how you make notes, highlight words, move through the questions and record your answers. 5. Which test should I take? This comes down to personal choice. You may be used to taking exams on paper from other exam situations you have experienced, whereas other people might feel more comfortable typing or have more experience taking tests on a computer. Whichever format you choose, make sure you get lots of practice writing quickly! You need to have legible handwriting or be able to type quickly and accurately. You can go back and correct any mistakes but there is no spell-check tool on the computer! An advantage of opting for the computer-delivered IELTS is that there are more test dates available, so you may be able to choose a more convenient time to take the test. Another advantage of the computer-delivered test is that you get your results quicker, usually within 3-5 days! I hope that this blog post has answered some of your questions. If you have more questions about IELTS you can look at the FAQs page here on the website or send us a direct message on Facebook or Instagram. Good luck in the test! Emma

Emma Cosgrave

9 March, 2021

What is computer-delivered IELTS?

What is computer-delivered IELTS?

When you book your IELTS test you may have to choose whether to do the test on a computer or on paper. Today I am going to answer some of the questions I am asked most often about the computer-delivered IELTS.

1. Is the computer-delivered IELTS test different to the paper-based IELTS test?

The simple answer to this question is NO. The content of the computer-delivered test is exactly the same as paper-based IELTS, and the skills you need to complete the tasks are identical. However, typing your answers on a computer rather than writing them on paper means that things like making corrections, taking notes, highlighting text and keywords etc. are a little different. In the computer-delivered IELTS you read the questions, read texts on a screen and input your answers on the computer. You will not need to transfer your answers to an answer sheet.

Just like in the paper-based test, in the computer-delivered test the Listening, Reading and Writing sections are all completed on the same day. In the computer-delivered IELTS the Speaking Test is face-to-face, just like the paper-based test. It usually happens on the same day as the other sections of the test but, it can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. You will be told by the test centre what the arrangements are.

So, to summarise the test content, the question types and scoring are all exactly the same. The only minor difference is in the timing of the IELTS Listening Test as you do not need to transfer your answers at the end of the test.

2. Can I take the IELTS test in my home?

No you cannot. All IELTS tests happen in an IELTS test centre. This is to ensure that the test is secure and fair for all candidates.

3. Can I use my own laptop for the IELTS test?

No you are not allowed to use your own laptop. To ensure that the test is secure and fair for all, you will take the test on a desktop computer in an IELTS test centre.  

4. How can I prepare for the computer-delivered test?

You can use exactly the same preparation material for both the computer-delivered and paper-based IELTS. The most important step is to get a good self-study book that has information about all parts of the test. Choose a book that covers the IELTS test that you are taking: Academic or General Paper. Use the Resource Finder to help you find the best self-study book for you.

You can also use any of the preparation material on the We Love IELTS website along with our Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channel of course! You can also subscribe to our Newsletter so that you don’t miss any new resources.

Here are some steps you can take when preparing for the computer-delivered IELTS are:

  1. Get a good self-study book that covers all parts of the IELTS test you are preparing for. Make sure you understand what you will be asked to do in each section of the test. Remember the Writing Section and Reading Section is different in the Academic IELTS Test and General Paper IELTS Test.
  2. Get a feel for what the computer-delivered IELTS is like with IELTS Intelligence or this YouTube playlist from IELTS Official.
  3. Get lots of practise typing quickly and accurately (without relying on any software to check your spelling and grammar). Use past test questions and type your answers on your computer, time yourself so that you know how quickly you need to type.
  4. Take an online familiarisation test so that you know what all the options in the computer-delivered IELTS test are. Pay particular attention to how you make notes, highlight words, move through the questions and record your answers.

5. Which test should I take?

This comes down to personal choice. You may be used to taking exams on paper from other exam situations you have experienced, whereas other people might feel more comfortable typing or have more experience taking tests on a computer.

Whichever format you choose, make sure you get lots of practice writing quickly! You need to have legible handwriting or be able to type quickly and accurately. You can go back and correct any mistakes but there is no spell-check tool on the computer!

An advantage of opting for the computer-delivered IELTS is that there are more test dates available, so you may be able to choose a more convenient time to take the test. Another advantage of the computer-delivered test is that you get your results quicker, usually within 3-5 days!

I hope that this blog post has answered some of your questions. If you have more questions about IELTS you can look at the FAQs page here on the website or send us a direct message on Facebook or Instagram.

Good luck in the test!

Emma

Emma Cosgrave

Emma has been teaching IELTS for 20 years. She enjoys helping people to develop both their language skills and confidence.

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