What is IELTS on computer?

IELTS on computer is exactly the same test as IELTS on paper, but instead of writing your answers on paper, you will type them on a computer.

With IELTS on computer, you will now have more test dates and sessions to choose from - and your results will be available in 3-5 days.

How does IELTS on computer work?

If you select this option, you will take the Listening, Reading and Writing sections on a computer (headphones are provided in some venues), but the Speaking test will still be face-to-face with a trained IELTS Examiner as this is the most effective way to assess your speaking skills.

All other aspects of the test are exactly the same, whether it is taken on paper or on computer, including:

  • content
  • structure
  • marking
  • question types
  • security
  • Speaking test
  • Test Report Form
  • test timings*.

*In the Listening test on computer, the timings are slightly different from the Listening test on paper. This is because the paper-based test requires users to transfer answers to an answer sheet. This step becomes redundant when answering directly on a computer. 

  • Before the start of each part of the Listening test, you will have some time to read the questions. 
  • After the end of each part of the Listening test, you will have some time to review your answers. 
  • At the end of the Listening test, you will have 2 minutes to check your answers. The timing of the Listening test is between 30 – 34 minutes.

IELTS on computer on our new platform

The updated version of IELTS on computer is the same test as IELTS on paper and computer, but with new features:

  • highlight text and make notes 
  • copy and paste directly from your text and notes 
  • browse forward and backward through your questions 
  • automatic word count for your Writing test 
  • an eTRF which will enable you to get your results quickly*.

*Please note that you will receive your results electronically only if you have taken IELTS on computer. This is currently available in the following countries:

Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Botswana, Bulgaria, Canada, Cameroon, Croatia, Ethiopia, France, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Kenya, Lithuania, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Occupied Palestinian Territories, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

IELTS on computer preparation

Prior to your test, it is important to allocate some time to familiarise yourself with IELTS on computer. You can do so by engaging in practice questions and reviewing our online test support materials.