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So you have registered for your IELTS on computer test and it’s time to score well to get the grade that you desire - but where do you start?

While the IELTS on computer test has the same format as the pen and paper test, there are many unique differences that require you to pay attention to and practice in order to get familiar with IT.

You will still be tested on your listening, reading, writing and speaking skillsets. However, the IELTS on computer test can actually give you advantages such as not requiring to count words manually during the writing portions of the test!

Not to mention there will be lesser test-takers per session, contributing to an overall more relaxed environment.

In this article, we will go through some of the best ways to prepare yourself for the IELTS on computer test to score your best on test day!

How to prepare to ace your IELTS on computer test

1. Practice typing at an adequate speed

Unlike IELTS on paper test, you will be typing all of your answers into the computer. While you won’t have to worry about messy handwriting that makes your words hard to read, you will however need to type fast.

The key here is to start practicing typing on your computer and track your words per minute. You’d want to be typing real full-length essays comparable to what you will be tested, ideally from the actual test tasks themselves to really get a good gauge of your typing abilities.

2. Practice proofreading at a computer screen to minimize errors

Because you are typing into a computer, the tendencies to make mistakes are greater. Accurate grammar use and correct spelling are necessary if you want to score your best without getting marks deducted.

Thankfully, the solution is a simple one that just requires you to practice consistently. Take the time to proofread your writings after you type them in.

Start by slowing down a bit as you proofread as there is a temptation to quickly skip past words - proofreading your answers isn’t the same as reading through a blog post!

A male IELTS test taker prepares for the test on his laptop.

3. Take online papers and mock tests

While getting familiar with the computer and typing there is a good first start, there is nothing like actually taking the IELTS on computer test itself!

The first step is to take the IELTS computer familiarisation testexternal icon from the comfort of your home to understand first-hand how taking the test on a computer will feel like.

It allows you to type into the computer and proofread while taking the real test format. This helps you to pinpoint key areas within the test format that might affect the way you key in your answers, allowing you find ways to improve the way you sit for the IELTS on computer test.

Next you can sit for the IELTS Progress Checkexternal icon which is a paid test that comes with personalised feedback from official IELTS markers.

You will get indicative band scores, get tested on the computer in an examination environment as well as feedback on where to shore up your weaknesses.

This is as close as you can get to the actual test, allowing you to really gauge your skills for the IELTS on computer test under real-world stressful conditions.

4. Stay calm and meditate before the test

The key is to stay calm and even meditate before the test. The test format will be the same as the IELTS on paper and the only thing that will change is that you are using a computer.

So take some time and clear your mind and understand that the test won’t be anything too different from what you have practiced online. The more familiar you get with the test, the better prepared you will be and there is nothing to worry about.

5. Be mindful of any typo mistakes

While typing allows you to quickly cram in as many words as possible, it is really easy to be error prone. You want to solve this by typing as intentional as possible to minimize mistakes as you write - go slow first, especially if this is new to you.

Be also sure to do a final proofread after all your answers have been keyed in, it is likely you will catch some errors with a fresh pair of eyes!

Just be sure to allocate some time during the test for proofreading.

A female IELTS test taker prepares for the test on her laptop.

Prepare for the IETLS on computer test with IDP today

The IELTS on computer test is an excellent choice if you feel more comfortable on the computer or desire more flexibility in your test dates. 

Take the time to go through our resources and prepare yourself better with our wide range of sample tests at your disposal! 

At IDP, we have a world of resources and IELTS supportexternal icon that you can rely on to help you score better! 

Be sure to check out our IELTS preparation materials here as well as read hand-picked tips on how to prepare and ace the testexternal icon

And once you are ready, you can book your IELTS test hereexternal icon!