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IELTS test format

The IELTS test has four components: Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking. It's offered in two formats, IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.

All aspects of the tests are similar for both formats but the Writing and Reading tests are different in the Academic and General Training tests. 

Which do you need? Watch the video below to help you find out which IELTS test is right for you.

Computer-delivered IELTS test format

The computer-delivered IELTS is the same IELTS test that you’re familiar with, delivered via computer.  All features of the computer-delivered IELTS are like the paper-based IELTS including:

Question types


Timings *


*The timings are different in the computer-delivered Listening test as test takers answer directly on a computer. In the paper-based test, test takers are required to transfer answers to an answer sheet.

- You will have some time to read the questions before the start of each part of the Listening test.

- You will have some time to review your answers after the end of each part of the Listening test.

- You will have 2 minutes to check your answers at the end of the Listening test.

- The timing of the Listening test is between 30 – 34 minutes long.

Computer-delivered IELTS -  faster results and more test availability

Shanshan from China and Tom from Germany took the IELTS test on computer recently. Hear what they have to say about their experience.

What’s new with computer-delivered IELTS?

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Here are new computer-delivered features you will love!

- Browse forward and backward through your questions

- Change your screen settings, and the size and colour of the text based on your preference

-  Highlight text, take notes and flag questions to revisit later

-  Save time by copying and pasting directly from your text and notes

- Automatic word count for your Writing test. You don’t have to count your words

Benefits of IELTS on computer

Faster results

Your computer-delivered IELTS test results are available in 5 – 7 days. Get your IELTS results

More test dates

We are testing up to 7 days a week, and up to 3 times a day. Book your test.

Comfortable test room

Small, custom-built computer-delivered test centres. Find your test centre here.

Face-to-face speaking test
Speaking test is the most effective way of assessing your speaking skills. Find out more.
Free practice test
Free computer-delivered IELTS practice material and videos available here
Helpful tutorials
Our tutorial videos will give you an idea of what to expect in the computer-delivered IELTS test.



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