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If you decide to take an IELTS on computer test you might know you will be completing the Listening, Reading and Writing tests on a computer and the Speaking test face-to-face with an IELTS examiner.

Taking IELTS on a computer offers many advantages, from more opportunities to sit the test to faster results - now in 1 to 5 days of sitting your IELTS test.

To help you make the right choice, whether to take IELTS on paper or computer, ask yourself the following:

  • Do I feel comfortable using technology, like computers?

  • Do I prefer using a keyboard over user a pen or pencil?

  • Can I type well on a keyboard?

  • Is it easier for me to read articles and content online, rather than in written form?

If you answered yes to all these questions, then you might consider taking an IELTS on computer test. Let's take a closer look at some of the advantages of sitting your IELTS test on a computer.

Advantage 1: Increased test availability

Depending on your test centre, it is likely that there is more test availability, meaning more test dates and times. 

Some test centres will run IELTS on computer tests in the morning, afternoon and evening, giving you much more flexibility in choosing when you feel you can perform at your best. 

More test availability will provide you with more flexibility and could help with planning and for meeting deadlines for a variety of things, including submitting applications for work, school, immigration, and more.

Advantage 2: Faster results

Another advantage of taking IELTS on computer is you will get your results faster. With IELTS on computer, your results will be available within 1 to 5 days compared to 13 days with the IELTS on paper test.

Advantage 3: No more messy writing

One concern we have heard from some who take the IELTS test is worrying about messy and hard-to-read handwriting. This will no longer be an issue with the IELTS on computer tests. That may be a relief for many people! 

Advantage 4: Same content as IELTS on paper test

Here’s another bit of good news: the test material, question types and instructions in the IELTS on computer test will be the same as the IELTS on paper test. The only difference is that you use a computer for your test rather than using paper and a pencil.

Practice IELTS Reading on computer

Try some IELTS Reading sample questions on computer to see if it is for you. It's also a perfect addition to your IELTS study plan.

The Reading sample questions for IELTS on computer are made up of 11 question types and 41 questions including:

  • Multiple choice

  • Identifying information

  • Note completion

  • Matching headings

  • Matching sentence endings

  • Summary completion

  • Sentence completion

  • Flow-chart completion

Start the sample questions for Reading by clicking on the link below

Download the answer sheet to see how you went.

Practice IELTS Writing on computer

Try our sample questions for IELTS Writing test on computer to see if it is for you. And if you have booked an IELTS on computer test, add it to your study plan.

The sample questions for IELTS Writing test consists of 2 tasks.

Task 1: You will be asked to write 150 words and spend about 20 minutes on this task.

Task 2: You will be asked to write 250 words and spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Start your Writing practice test by clicking on the link below:

Download the answer sheet to see how you went.

Practice Listening on computer

Try these free Listening sample questions and get a feel for what it's like to take IELTS Listening on a computer.

The IELTS on computer Listening practice test is made up of 6 question types and 24 questions including:

  • Multiple choice

  • Matching

  • Plan, map, diagram labelling

  • Note completion

  • Short answer questions

Start the free practice questions on computer

Download the answer sheet

Even though you might choose to do the Listening, Reading and Writing tests on a computer, the Speaking test will continue to be done face to face with a certified IELTS examiner.

We believe a face-to-face Speaking test is the most effective way of assessing your speaking skills and prompts a more life-like assessment of your English-language skills.