Paper-based IELTS test

Complete IELTS Reading, Listening, and Writing on paper and Speaking face-to-face with an examiner.

You can take IELTS Academic test and General Training test on paper. The contents, test part times, question types, scoring and results of the paper-based test are the exact same as the computer-delivered test, but your test day experience is a little different. Test day staff will hand you booklets and answer sheets before each test and will then collect these booklets and answer sheets, before moving on to the next test part. 

If you take IELTS on paper, you will complete the Reading, Listening and Writing parts on paper. You can use a pen or HB-pencil to complete your Writing test, but you must use an HB-pencil to write your Listening and Reading answers on the answer sheet. In the paper-based IELTS test, the Writing, Reading, and Listening tests are all completed on the same day with no breaks between each test. The Speaking test is completed in a face-to-face interview with an IELTS examiner, and this can be done one week before or after your test date.


For both paper-based and computer-delivered IELTS, you will not  be able to bring your own paper into the test for security reasons. If you are sitting  computer-delivered  IELTS, we  will provide you with a pencil and paper.  You also receive paper for your Speaking  test to help you organise your thoughts as you speak with the examiner.  

Yes, you are encouraged to write notes on the question booklets. IELTS examiners do not have access to your question booklets.

Pencil is recommended for the IELTS Listening, Reading, and Writing tests. This is because tests are scanned and work best with pencil. It also means that you can easily erase and rewrite words. If you forget to bring a pencil, the test centre will provide one for you.

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.

We post your test results to you as soon as they are released, which is  3  to 5 days for computer-delivered IELTS and  13 calendar days for paper-based IELTS. Some test centres will allow test takers to pick up their Test Report Form directly from the centre, so we recommend contacting them prior to the release of results to discuss this.

If you  have  been waiting on your IELTS Test Report Form (TRF) with your official result, but have  not received it, we recommend contacting your test centre. In some rare circumstances, IELTS results can be delayed because of security and integrity reasons. If there are concerns about any matter associated with your test and if it  is  considered that malpractice may have occurred, you will be advised that your results have been withheld. In exceptional circumstances, it may be required that you need to re-sit one or more IELTS test parts.

In all situations where you might have concerns about your results, we recommend contacting your local test centre. 

If you choose to take IELTS on computer, you will take the Listening, Reading and Writing test parts using a computer.

If you choose to take the  IELTS on paper,  you will complete the Listening, Reading and Writing test parts on paper.

The Speaking test for both paper and computer  are  face to face with an examiner. This is the best way  to measure  your  speaking skills  as it takes a more  realistic  approach: a life-like conversation with an examiner.

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. 

The test format, question types, time allocated to each test part and content is the same for both computer-delivered test and the paper-based test.

And because the content for both the paper-based and computer-delivered IELTS test is the same, the level of difficulty is also same. The only difference might be your level of confidence in sitting your IELTS test on a computer. If you are tech savvy, you might prefer to take IELTS on a computer.

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.