You now have the choice of taking IELTS on paper or on computer in a number of locations.

The Listening, Reading and Writing sections of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day. The Speaking test, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests.

We continuously commit to ensuring that IELTS is available to everyone. If you are someone who has special requirements, please register for IELTS on paper – this option is available worldwide and serves the needs of all test takers.

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

  • content
  • timings
  • question types
  • scoring
  • speaking test delivery
  • test report forms
  • results verification.

IELTS on paper

If you choose this option, the Listening, Reading and Writing sections will be on paper and the Speaking test will be conducted face-to-face with a trained IELTS Examiner.

IELTS on computer

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

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.

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

IELTS on computer preparation

Use our range of practice materials to familiarise yourself with the IELTS on computer test and improve your English level.

IELTS on computer is currently available in: 

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