If you’ve done IELTS before, you might know the paper test. For this test, the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections will be paper-based and the Speaking test will be conducted face-to-face with a trained IELTS Examiner. So, what about the computer test? Computer-delivered IELTS is exactly the same test as paper-based IELTS, but instead of writing your answers on paper, you will type them on a computer. However, there are some benefits to doing IELTS on a computer.
If you’re familiar with the paper test, you might notice a few changes between the paper test and the computer test. The obvious change, the paper tests uses a pencil, the computer test you type. The order of the test is different and the Listening test is shorter. Also, you get headphones for the Listening test. What hasn’t changed is the Speaking test.
Pencil or keyboard?
At the paper based IELTS test, we’ll give you a pencil and an answer sheet. You need to write your answers on the answer sheet before the time runs out. With computer-delivered IELTS, you type your answers in the corresponding boxes on your screen. We’ll still give you a pencil or pen and paper to make notes – even if you do IELTS on computer. Are you concerned about not typing fast enough? There’s no need to worry: the computer test is designed for people with normal typing skills. If you can write an email, you can do the computer-delivered test.
The order of the test is different
In Australia and New Zealand, the paper-based IELTS starts with Writing, then Reading, and finally Listening. Sometimes you do your Speaking straight after this. But other test centres may offer your Speaking test on a different day. The Computer-delivered IELTS starts with Listening, followed by Reading, Writing. The Speaking test takes place on the same day, either before or after your computer test.
The Listening test is shorter
If you’ve done a paper-based IELTS test before, you may remember that you need to write your answers in the question booklet while you listen to the recording. So, in the paper test, you get 10 minutes at the end of the Listening section to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. In the computer test, you type your answers in their appropriate places on the screen. You do get time between sections to check your answers but no extra time in the end. Because you’ve already completed your answers, the 10 minutes is not needed. Besides, you won’t miss it.
The exam venue
Have you done a paper test before? Maybe not in Australia, but overseas? If so, you might remember that paper-based IELTS tests are usually conducted in a larger room. Sometimes at a university, or at a hotel centrally located. Computer-delivered IELTS tests are done in smaller, custom-built, brand-new rooms. Everything in the computer-delivered test room is designed for your comfort.
You get headphones
Apart from a new test room, everyone doing IELTS on the computer has their own computer, a quality screen, and your own headphones for the Listening test. You don’t need to talk to a machine with IELTS, so there is no microphone in your way. Even better, we make sure that our headphones are good. Most test computer-delivered test centers offer noise-canceling headphones, so you can focus on your own performance.
IELTS on computer: You can book today, and get your results next week.
There are a few reasons why you should do IELTS on the computer. Most importantly, you get your results back in 5-7 days. Also, you don’t have to wait to do your test. You can book your test today, and get your results next week. That’s great if you need to prove your English language score for migration or study. But, there are a few more reasons.
With computer-delivered IELTS you get your results in 2 – 5 days. So, if you need your results urgently for a visa application or to study at a university, book computer-delivered IELTS. Of course, your IELTS results are accepted by more than 10,000 organizations around the world, including the Australian immigration department.
More flexibility – do IELTS when you need it
You can do IELTS on the computer up to 7 days a week and up to 3 times a day. For example, at IDP IELTS Test Centre, you can do an IELTS test every day of the week. Academic or General Training. So, you can book your test today, and have your results next week! And, with IELTS you don’t pay for a late booking. The IELTS test fee is the same.
Remember what we said before about custom-built, comfortable test rooms? Fewer people doing the test at the same time means less stress and quicker experience. Imagine boarding an international flight with 200+ passengers, or a plane with 12 people on board. Which one will be easier?
Speaking test is still with a real human
The IELTS Speaking test is not on the computer. You do it face-to-face, in a quiet room, with an experienced and friendly IELTS examiner. This allows for a real-world speaking experience. Besides, a real human will understand your accent – you are not penalized for having an accent. Other English tests make you talk to a computer, and get this marked by a computer. As a result, even native English speakers can fail. With IELTS, you talk to a real human. You can ask an examiner to clarify a question or repeat or rephrase a question.