From March 2016, some IELTS test takers for UK Visas and Immigration will be able to take their IELTS test on computer. A limited number of places will be available at the British Council for IELTS for UKVI (Academic) delivered on computer at a number of locations in Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Vietnam, UAE and UK. This option will then be gradually introduced in other locations during 2016-17.
The IELTS for UKVI (Academic) delivered on computer will be held on selected dates throughout the year and registration will close one week before the test date, subject to availability of places.
The introduction of this new option will not affect the availability of paper IELTS tests.
Test takers who choose the new option will take their Listening, Reading and Writing components using computer. The Speaking test will remain face to face, as this has always been a key feature of the IELTS approach. We believe it is the most effective way of assessing speaking skills and prompts a more realistic performance from test takers.
All other aspects of the test are identical whether it is taken on paper or on computer. This includes:
- Question types
- Speaking test delivery (face to face)
- Security arrangements
You can find detailed information about the format of the IELTS test here.
All test takers will receive the same Test Report Form.
Video tutorial for IELTS for UKVI (Academic)
Watch this tutorial for IELTS for UKVI (Academic) delivered on computer to help you understand what you need to do in the test.