IELTS on Computer

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IELTS on computer test format

If you choose to take IELTS on computer, you will take the Listening, Reading and Writing components using a computer at an IELTS test centre.

All aspects of IELTS on computer are identical to IELTS on paper test, including: 

  • Question types 

  • Content 

  • Timings* 

  • Marking 

*In the Listening on computer test, the timings are slightly different from IELTS on paper. This is because the paper test requires you 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.

IELTS Mock Tests

Access our official IELTS mock tests and get the practice you need. Familiarise yourself with the format of the test to get test-ready.


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Preparation Videos for IELTS on computer

A quick guide to the IELTS on computer Listening, Reading & Writing tests.

New sample tests available for IELTS on computer

Academic Writing Sample task 1

In Part 1, you may be asked to describe stages of a process, an object or event, or how something works.

Academic Writing Sample task 2

In Part 2, you are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view or an argument.

General Training Reading - Sentence Completion

This is designed to assess your ability to comprehend written English in everyday contexts.

When you’ve finished taking the tests, you can scroll down to the bottom of the page to check your answers.


Yes. Computer-delivered IELTS provides a note-taking and highlight function. You can try these functions on the familiarisation tests here. You can also write notes on the login details sheet you receive at the beginning of the test.

The Listening, Reading, and Writing parts of the test are completed immediately after each other on the same day. In some test centres, you will sit the Speaking test on the same day, or up to 7 days before or after your test date.

If you take computer-delivered IELTS, the Speaking test will be taken on the same day, either before, or after the other three parts of the test.

If you take computer-delivered IELTS, you will do the tests in the following order on the same day: Listening, Reading and Writing, with the Speaking test before or after this test session.

If you take paper-based IELTS, you will do the tests in the following order: Writing, Reading and Listening. Depending on the test centre, the Speaking test can be done on the same day, or up to 7 days either before or after the test date.

For both paper-based and computer-delivered IELTS, you will not  be able to bring your own stationary or paper into the test for security reasons. The Test Centre will provide HB2 Pencils. Pens and Mechanical Pencils are not allowed to be used for any part of the test.

You must leave all of your personal belongings outside the examination room in a secure area or locker. Mobile phones, pagers and smart watches must be switched off and left with your personal belongings.

If you keep mobile phones or electronic devices with you, you will be disqualified.

Headphones will always be provided for computer-delivered IELTS.

For paper-based IELTS, headphones are used in some countries, but not a requirement for all IELTS test centres.

You can ask your centre to use headphones or special amplification equipment to help you hear the recording, but you will need to ask at least two weeks before your test date.

The Academic and General Training test fee is the same. The cost of the test is 80 KD. 

The price of the Academic for UKVI test is 78 KD. 

The cost of the General Training for UKVI test is 78 KD. 

If you take a computer-delivered IELTS test, the Reading, Writing and Listening parts of the IELTS test are completed on a computer, but the Speaking test is completed face-to-face with an IELTS examiner.

If you take IELTS on computer, you will receive your results 3 to 5 days after sitting your test. However, if you take IELTS on paper, you will receive your results 13 days after sitting your test.

The computer-delivered test has a help button to assist you throughout the test. This help option describes question types as well as how the test works. In the computer-delivered IELTS test there is also an option to change some of the settings, such as font size on the screen.

You do not need your own computer or laptop to sit a computer-delivered IELTS test.

All equipment, including computers and headphones will be available at the test centre where you booked your computer-delivered IELTS test.

This depends on whether you take a paper-based or computer-delivered IELTS test. If you take IELTS on a computer, you type your writing, reading and listening answers using a keyboard. In a paper-based test, your answers are written in pencil.