IELTS Computer test.

Here is some information regarding the new IELTS test on computer.

These are just some of the plus and minus points.

Advantages of taking the IELTS on Computer

  • You get the results sooner
  • Tests available almost every day
  • Great for fast typers
  • Easier to make corrections (copy pasting is not allowed)
  • Timer to help you manage the time
  • Word counter in the writing part
  • Headphones for the Listening (less distractions?)
  • A lot of centres have the Speaking test on the same date as the rest of the exam
  • For the Reading part, you can highlight segments of text, you can also make text notes too, see image below.


  • More expensive (around 100$ more)
  • You can’t write or draw on the question sheet, potentially bad for the Listening and Reading
  • Writing Task 1 – might be harder because you can’t take notes on the question paper
  • Highlighting text takes much more effort and wastes time, following maps is more difficult, etc.

Advantages of Paper Based IELTS computer test (traditional)

  • Cheaper (around $100 usd less)
  • Works better for slow typers
  • Possible to make notes on the question sheet, helpful for tasks including maps and highlighting key words
  • You may make mistakes, but you certainly won’t make a typo


  • Most younger people, myself included, do type faster than they write, so the Writing part will be slower for the majority
  • Students with poor handwriting could lose points (more info here).
  • Have to transfer answers to the answer sheet, increased chances of making mistakes
  • Fewer tests, longer wait for the results
  • Speaking could be arranged for another day

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