Computer-Based IELTS/ Computer-Delivered IELTS

Besides the paper-based IELTS test, Computer Based IELTS has been introduced recently and are available to a limited number of locations globally. This computer-delivered test is known as CB IELTS. Computer-Based IELTS is available only to some selective test centres. However, the IELTS partners intend to make the computer-based module available in more places in the future.

Listening, Reading and Writing parts of the computer-delivered test are done on a computer while the speaking tests will still be conducted face-to-face by a human examiner and not on a computer.

If you select this option, considering your test centre offers this, you will take the Listening, Reading and Writing sections on a computer. The Speaking test will remain face to face with a certified IELTS Examiner. The question types, their difficulty levels and the scoring system remain the same.

It is worth noticing that, all the four sections of computer-delivered IELTS are completed on the same day. Be advised that, if you have a special requirement, please register for IELTS on paper, as this format is available worldwide, and caters to all test takers regardless of need. If you select IELTS on a computer, you will use a different registration system. Please contact the IELTS officials to know if the computer-delivered test is available in your location and what would be the registration process.

You do not need to be an advanced computer user to take the computer-based IELTS. Rather you need to know only some basic operations of a computer to do fairly well in the computer-based IELTS. Keep in mind that, in CB IELTS your English skill is evaluated, not your computer skill.


What's new about computer-delivered IELTS?

  • Your result will be published faster. The result of computer-delivered IELTS will be available 5-7 days after the test.
  • It ensured that the speaking timeslots are available on the same day which means you can take all the four sections in a single day.
  • You have the option for last-minute test registration as the registration will only close 3 days before the test date. Keep in mind that it is subject to seat availability.
  • Reading and Listening sections will be auto-marked by computers while the Speaking test will remain to be graded by a trained IELTS examiner.

Despite the changes mentioned above, the test remains fairly the same. It will cost the same and the question types would be the same. Here are a few aspects of Computer-delivered IELTS which are same as they are for the Paper-based IELTS test.

  • Price: You pay the same for paper-based and computer-based IELTS test.
  • Question types: You will have to deal with the same types of questions.
  • Level of difficulty: The level of difficulty remains the same for the computer-delivered test as it is for the paper-based test.
  • Scoring from 1 (non-user) to 9 (expert user): Computer-delivered tests use the same scoring method.
  • Recognition by over 10,000 organisations worldwide.
  • Face-to-face Speaking test: Speaking test of a computer-delivered IELTS is conducted and assessed by a trained IELTS examiner.
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0 # Soso 2018-12-13 23:50
Actually, the price of the CBT is not the same as the PBT, for example, in Turkey for the CBT (conducted by IDP) is more expensive (at least 32% more expensive) than the PBT.

So you need to check with the centre in your city about the price.
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0 # Lien 2015-05-02 16:40
Does anybody know if the CB IELTS is now available in Can Tho or Ho Chi Minh city? I can't seem to find any information. Thanks.
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0 # Liza 2014-03-16 12:15
This is so important test for students' academic progress and career.
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