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IELTS introduces new computer-delivered test

Find out more about the new IELTS computer-based test.

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The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) has unveiled a new alternative to the traditional written-based test, by launching the computer-delivered IELTS option.


Yes, you guessed it! This means you can now take the test on a computer. There are a lot of reasons for this, but it is important to remember is that it is still the exact same test in terms of level of difficulty, scoring, content, timing, question format and security arrangements.


It is also important to note that the computer-delivered IELTS will not replace the paper-based IELTS but simply offer a fresh alternative. You will finish with the same certificate whether you complete the paper test or the computer test.


Want more detail about what the IELTS exams are? Have a look at this.


Why is there a new format available?

There’s a number of practical reasons for why IELTS is now offering a computer-delivered test. Firstly, it means they can offer you more opportunities to take the test. There will be more test centres available and more dates on offer for you to sit the exam. This means you can have a greater say in how much time you have to prepare.


Also, IELTS wanted to offer the new generation of digitally-savvy international students a way that they can take the test that is more suited to their skills.


Moreover, results will be returned to students more quickly as they are easier to quantify. In fact, results for the computer-delivered IELTS will arrive just 5-7 days after you have taken all four test sections. Pretty quick, right? 


How is the new test actually different?

Apart from the fact that you are clicking your mouse to answer the questions rather than scribbling away on a piece of paper, the test format is actually quite similar.


There are still four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The Speaking Test will still be done face-to-face with a trained professional as students have outlined to IELTS that this feels more natural to them.


There is a small clock at the top of the screen which outlines how much time you have left for each section, and there are ‘help’ buttons that can guide you if at any point you feel a little bit confused.


So, there you have it, IELTS are offering a brand-new computer-delivered test – meaning lots more test dates and quicker results turnarounds, but still the same certificate which is recognised by universities all around the world.


IELTS are rolling out the new test in a variety countries around the world. It is available in Thailand Vietnam and the Philippines from the end of June 2018. It is available in Turkey and Russia from the end of July 2018, and in Hong Kong, Pakistan, Singapore and New Zealand from the 9th August 2018.


Still not sure which IELTS test is right for you? Answer the questions below to find out!


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