You can choose to take IELTS on a computer for both the General Training and Academic tests. The test format, question types, time allocated to each test part and content is the same for both computer-delivered IELTS and the IELTS paper-based test.
Your test day experience is a little different to that of the paper-based test. If you choose to complete your IELTS test on a computer, you will do the Reading, Listening and Writing parts of the test using a computer. All answers will be typed on the screen. You will also be able to write notes on a notes sheet during the Listening test.
The IELTS Speaking test remains the same, with a face-to-face interview with an examiner. The Speaking test will be completed either just before, or just after the Reading, Listening and Writing test.
Taking IELTS on a computer has many benefits. For example, your results arrive a lot faster. With computer-delivered IELTS your results will be available within 3 to 5 business days.
Yes. IELTS on computer 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.