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Computer-delivered IELTS Test Information

Computer-delivered (CD) IELTS is here, with more test availability and faster results.

Computer-delivered IELTS is a new product by IELTS offering test takers the choice between a paper-based or computer-delivered test so they can choose a format that suits their needs.


Whether you choose to write the Paper-based or Computer-delivered IELTS test, you can be assured it is still the same trusted English Language Proficiency Test. IELTS is trusted by 10,000 organisations worldwide for its fairness, reliability and high-quality standards. This remains true for both computer-delivered and paper-based tests.

Still the same IELTS test

If you choose to take computer-delivered IELTS, you will take the Listening, Reading and Writing test using a computer. All aspects of the test are identical to paper-based IELTS, including:
  • Same content and question types
  • Timing*
  • Speaking test remains face-to-face
  • Same marking and Test Report Form

*In the computer-delivered Listening test, the timings are slightly different from the paper-based test. This is because the paper-based test requires users to transfer answers to an answer sheet. This step becomes redundant when answering directly on a computer. 
  • Before the start of each part of the Listening test you will have some time to read the questions.
  • After the end of each part of the Listening test you will have some time to review your answers.
  • At the end of the Listening test, you will have 2 minutes to check all your answers.
The timing of the Listening test is between 30 – 34 minutes.

If you take the Computer-delivered IELTS test you will:
  • View your results online within 5-7 days
  • Have more test date and test time choices. (Registration will close four days before the test date, subject to availability)
  • Use headsets for the Listening section

The Paper-based format IELTS test is still available ONLY on selected Saturday mornings.

Computer-Delivered Familiarization Test

Experience Computer-Delivered IELTS. Try our free tests on your own computer, so you know what to expect on test day.  Click here to view the Computer-Delivered Familiarization Test
Computer-Delivered Practice Tests

Free Practice Materials will give you an idea of what to expect in the computer-delivered IELTS Test.  Please click the link below for more information.


Get comfortable with the Computer-delivered (CD) test format

Take a look at the short video tutorials to help you understand and prepare for computer-delivered IELTS.  In this section, you will find the following tutorials to help you get familiarized with the test:

How to use the IELTS on a computer platform
How to make notes
How to highlight text
Using the Help button
Computer-delivered IELTS - Listening
Computer-delivered IELTS - Reading

Computer-delivered IELTS - Writing

Tutorial 1: How to use the IELTS on a computer platform

Tutorial 2: Making Notes

Tutorial 3: Highlighting Text

Tutorial 4: How to Use the Help Button

Tutorial 5: Computer-delivered IELTS – Listening

Tutorial 6: Computer-delivered IELTS – Reading

Tutorial 7: Computer-delivered IELTS – Writing

For more information, click here.