Computer-delivered IELTS test format
The IELTS test is offered in two formats, IELTS Academic and General Training. If you choose to take the computer-delivered IELTS test, you will take the Listening, Reading and Writing components using a computer. All aspects of the test are identical to the paper-based IELTS test, including:
- Question types
*In the computer-delivered Listening test, the timings are slightly different from the paper-based test. This is because the paper-based test requires test takers to transfer answers to an answer sheet. This step is no longer required when answering directly on a computer.
- Before the start of each part of the Listening test you will have some time to read the questions.
- After the end of each part of the Listening test you will have some time to review your answers.
- At the end of the Listening test, you will have 2 minutes to check your answers.
- The timing of the Listening test is between 30 – 34 minutes long.
Computer-delivered IELTS Speaking test
The IELTS Speaking test is the same as always – face-to-face, in a quiet room, with a real, human examiner.* We believe a face-to-face Speaking test is the most effective way of assessing your speaking skills and prompts a more lifelike performance. Don’t struggle to be heard above a noisy test room, at IELTS we hear you loud and clear the first time.
Benefits of the IELTS Speaking test
- Private Speaking test rooms, free from noise and distraction
- We can repeat and rephrase a question for you
- We can match your pace and level of English
- We won’t ‘time out’ on you
- We hear your accent
* In accordance with Covid-19 measures, IELTS Speaking exams can be performed face-to-face with Video Call Speaking, also called VCS, in our test centers in a quiet room without the need to use a mask.