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IELTS on computer met with praise following Australian introduction

Published on July 2 2018


Key points:

  • Australia has led the global introduction of computer-delivered IELTS – the world’s most popular high-stakes English test for study, work and migration.
  • Vietnam, Philippines and Thailand will introduce the new option in July.
  • Test takers have applauded the option of taking IELTS on computer, with IDP test centres  now regularly receiving five stars from customers on Google.
  • IELTS, the world-leading English language test, has 30 years’ experience testing conversational English across the globe.

Employees, people seeking residency and international students in Australia have welcomed the option of taking the world’s most trusted English language test on computer, with the new format gaining popularity following a country-wide roll-out.

IDP Education Perth and the University of Technology Sydney are among the newest locations to offer the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) on computer, following launches in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane.

Since computer-delivered IELTS was introduced in Melbourne in 2017, test takers have praised the new option, with the Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane centres regularly receiving 5-star ratings on Google.

From 17 July 2018, computer-delivered IELTS will also be offered to test takers in South East Asia at the IDP Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Manila test centres.

Warwick Freeland, Managing Director – IELTS, IDP Education, said the new test experience puts test takers first by offering more sessions a week and faster results, while maintaining the trust, integrity and security that makes IELTS a world-leading test.

“We focused on making test takers feel relaxed and supported so they can perform at their best,” Mr Freeland said.

“We are delighted to see our customers’ feedback that taking the IELTS on a computer, in a quiet test environment, is helping them feel at ease for their important test.”

Mr Freeland also highlighted that the speaking test of computer-delivered IELTS remains with a face-to-face examiner whereas the writing, listening and reading tests will be on computer.

“We maintained IELTS’ face-to-face speaking test, rather than introduce a computerised option. By speaking to a real person, our test takers are able to demonstrate their conversational English skills in a way that reflects day-to-day life.” 

“The test content, structure, security and scoring remain consistent whether taken on computer or paper, so while the test itself hasn’t changed, what has changed is the test-day experience and faster results delivery.”

“We are pleased to offer this new option to empower our ambitious test takers to achieve their best outcome on test day, and in turn, their global goals.”

IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.

For test dates and bookings please visit ieltsessentials.com/oncomputer

For further information, please contact:

  • Name
  • Organization
  • Contact
  • Gracie Daniel
  • IDP Education
  • E:gracie.daniel@idp.com
  • Ashton Debono
  • Porter Novelli
  • M: +61 402 978 485

About computer-delivered IELTS

Computer-delivered IELTS was launched in Australia in December 2017 and is being introduced across the IELTS testing network in 2018.

Computer-delivered IELTS is currently available at six locations around Australia, including at five IDP centres and at the University of Technology Sydney.

From 17 July 2018, computer-delivered IELTS will also be offered to test takers in South East Asia at the IDP Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City and Manila test centres.

Two new computer-delivered IELTS centres will launch in New Zealand in August.

The test is the same as paper based IELTS in content, scoring, timing, question format and security arrangements.

Computer-delivered IELTS includes Listening, Reading and Writing. The Speaking test will continue to be face-to-face, as it is a more reliable indicator of communication and it is what our customers tell us feels more natural for them.

Results of computer-delivered IELTS are available between 5-7 days after taking all four test sections.

The IELTS partners are committed to continuous investment in test development in order to enhance the IELTS experience.

About IELTS

IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of people who need to study or work where English is the language of communication.

IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English. The test conforms to the highest international standards of language assessment.

It covers the four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking.

IELTS is recognised by more than 10,000 universities and employers in many countries, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. It is also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.

More than 3 million tests were delivered in 2017.

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