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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.