IELTS on computer: myth vs. truth
Many misconceptions go hand in hand with the computer-delivered IELTS test. Here is factual information to debunk some common myths about the IELTS on computer.
Myth: The computer-delivered test is different from the paper-based test.
Truth: The only difference is that the computer-delivered test uses a keyboard and the paper-based test uses a pencil. All other aspects of the IELTS test are the same such as the content, scoring, level of difficulty, and question types in the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections. The Speaking section is not changing and will still be carried out face to face with a trained IELTS examiner.
I can do all sections of the IELTS test on the computer.
Truth: Besides the Speaking section, all other sections of IELTS on computer are completed on computer. For both the computer-delivered and paper-based test, the Speaking test is completed face-to-face with an IELTS examiner. This allows for a real-world speaking experience.
The computer-delivered test is easier than the paper-based test.
Truth: Because the content is the same, the level of difficulty for both the computer-delivered test and the paper-based test are the same. In addition, neither test is easier than the other because the scoring for all sections is also the same. The comfort level of the candidate could be the only difference. Some computer savvy candidates would rather take the IELTS test on the computer.
The paper-based test is easier than the computer-delivered test.
Truth: Again, this depends on the comfort level of the candidate. Some candidates feel more comfortable writing the paper-based test.
The computer-delivered test has a help button for those candidates who may feel nervous about taking the computer-delivered test. This help option describes question types as well as how the test works, including what each icon’s function is. There is also an option to change the settings for the test such as font size. There are also online IELTS on computer practice tests available, so you can familiarise yourself with the IELTS on computer platform before sitting the test.
A computer is needed by the candidate to take the computer-delivered IELTS test.
Truth: For the computer-delivered IELTS test, candidates do not need to have their own computer. Candidates are also not allowed to bring their own computers for the test. All equipment, including computers and headphones, are supplied by the test centre.
Myth: A candidate can take the IELTS test whenever and wherever they want.
Truth: Both the computer-delivered test and the paper-based test will be available on selected days during set times at different test centres.
The Speaking test will be more difficult now that it is through the computer.
Truth: For both the computer-delivered and paper-based test, the Speaking test is completed face-to-face with an IELTS examiner. The content and scoring are the same. A highly trained IELTS examiner will be conducting the Speaking test.
The questions in the Listening and Reading section will all be multiple choice on the computer-delivered test.
Truth: The computer-delivered IELTS test along with the paper-based test will include a variety of question types such as:
- Multiple choice
- Diagram labelling
- Form completion
- Note completion
- Table completion
- Flow chart completion
- Summary completion
- Sentence completion
- Short answer questions
A candidate will still receive their final score at the same time as the paper-based test.
Truth: Candidates will receive their score 5-7 days after the computer-delivered IELTS test. Candidates will receive their score 13 days after the paper-based test.
Test takers have the choice to take either the computer-delivered or paper based IELTS. Final scores from both the computer-delivered test and the paper-based test will be recognized all around the world.