Your IELTS, Your Choice: Take the IELTS on Paper or Computer

For almost 30 years, IELTS has been a paper-based English test that millions of people have used to achieve their work, study, and migration dreams. But our test takers asked for more choice – and we’ve listened. Introducing computer-delivered IELTS: the same IELTS everyone knows, now delivered via computer, with improved testing frequency and faster results.

Computer-delivered IELTS remains the same as the long-trusted paper-based version in terms of content, scoring, level of difficulty and test format. The only difference is in the delivery format, with the option to write the Listening, Reading and Writing sections of the test on a computer. The Speaking module remains as a live interview with a trained IELTS examiner in a private room, with no interruptions.

Computer-delivered IELTS has been positively received by global test takers for its faster results turnaround. Computer-delivered IELTS results are available 5-7 days after the test, often even earlier – at no extra cost. Candidates looking to take the General Training IELTS no longer must choose one of two dates available a month, as is the case with the paper-based version. Computer-delivered testing is available up to 7 days of the week and candidates can take any version of the test – Academic or General Training – on any day. Computer-delivered IELTS makes it possible for test centres to offer multiple sessions during a day, so if a test taker is not a morning person or prefers to take a half day off from work, they can opt for an afternoon sitting.

Computer-delivered IELTS test sessions are offered in an intimate setting, with smaller labs (seating between 10 – 20 test takers). Test takers are not expected to bring anything (except their ID) to the test, and noise-cancelling headphones are also provided by the test centre.

IDP IELTS provides a wealth of complimentary preparation materials for computer-delivered IELTS test takers available on their website.

Computer-delivered IELTS first launched in Australia in December 2017 and since then is available in 20+ countries around the world. It arrived in Canada in September 2018 and is currently available in Toronto, Montreal, and Calgary, spreading to many more cities across Canada by the end of 2019. To find a computer-delivered IELTS test location in Canada, visit the IDP IELTS website.


Finally, here is our interview about how Computer-Based IELTS plays a role in your lives as RCICs!


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