Why more Filipinos choose to take IELTS on computer with IDP
IDP Philippines, co-owner of IELTS, administered the very first computer-delivered IELTS test outside Australia last July 17, 2018.
The new option provides test takers with a faster result turnaround and the option to choose from more test dates.
While test takers now have the choice between taking IELTS on computer or paper, the test content remains the same, and the Speaking section will continue to be conducted face-to-face with a certified IELTS examiner. The Listening, Reading, and Writing sections will be taken on a computer.
“One advantage of the Computer-delivered IELTS is that it will only take about 5-7 days for the results to come out,” Luisa Paredes, a staff from JRooz IELTS Review Center said. She was one of the first batch of test-takers who sit the test at IDP’s Ortigas office. “Another advantage is the convenience of taking all the four sections of the test in just one day.”
Aside from convenience, comfort is also a popular reason why test takers opted to take the IELTS on computer.
“I chose the computer-based test because for me, it is easier to type than to write. I would recommend it to tech-savvy people, especially students.” Hannah Sy, a student looking to study abroad, said. “I have bad handwriting so I chose to take the IELTS on computer,” says Geraldine Dayrit.
Their words resonate with many other test takers. For some, typing the answers on the Writing section is a more comfortable experience than writing on a paper. Additionally, the word count and the timer make this part of the test less challenging.
With millennials loving the new option, many wonder if the computer-delivered IELTS is also a good choice for non-tech savvy people. But with almost 100% of test takers saying that the interface was user-friendly, it’s safe to say that the answer is yes.
“The registration process is pretty easy. I just logged on the website and chose the test date. Then, I selected the setting and now I'm here,” Manuir Grewal said. He flew to Manila all the way from Hong Kong to take the IELTS on computer with IDP. “The interface of the test was extremely user-friendly. I think a lot of attention has been paid to the details. You could enlarge the size of the font, you could change the font colors, you could pause your test if you want to take a break. Every little minute detail was taken care of and the interface itself was very good.”
A test taker from Denmark, Rasmus Bengsten, says that he enjoyed the experience because of the accessibility of the location. “The test location is nice and easy to find.”
IDP’s office is indeed very accessible via public transportation. It’s located at the heart of Ortigas Centre which is a bus or train ride away from anywhere around the metro.