What is Computer-Delivered IELTS?

It's exactly the same test content and structure, but you'll take it sitting in a modern computer lab using the latest technology and with technical staff on hand to help. Many test takers have told us they would like to try it, so computer-delivered IELTS is now being introduced in selected test centres around the world.

Now, with computer-delivered testing, you will take exactly the same IELTS test, Academic or General Training, but you can choose to type your answers, or write them on paper - whichever suits you best.

Computer-delivered IELTS is available for Academic and General Training.

Why you might choose a computer-delivered test


You prefer typing to writing

Whether you are more comfortable typing than writing, or you think your handwriting is hard to read, using a computer could be the answer. Plus you can go back and edit your answers easily during the test - as you can with the paper-based option.

You can still plan your answers on paper

70% of test takers we spoke to said they liked being able to plan the Writing section of their test on paper, and you can still do this with computer-delivered testing.

Same standards, more venues

It's the same IELTS test trusted for its fairness and integrity by more than 10,000 organisations all over the world, and now it's available in more of the smaller British Council test locations.

Same content, greater flexibility

It covers the same content, and now you have more dates to choose from and you can pick the day of the week that fits best with your schedule.

Same Speaking test, more convenience.

The Speaking test is still face-to-face in a private room with a trained and qualified Examiner, as it is the most effective way of assessing speaking skills, and now you can select online the day on which you take it.

Same results format, faster results.

Your results are still delivered in the same easy-to-understand Test Report Form, and now you can view them online in 5-7 days and have your Test Report Form sent to you by post.

Take the world's leading English language test


Created by some of the world's leading experts on English language testing, IELTS is trusted by more than 10,000 organisations internationally. So whether you opt for the computer-delivered or paper-based option, you'll be joining the millions of people who take the test every year and use it to live, study and work abroad.