Once you have made the decision to work or study abroad, a long road of more decisions awaits! We can help you make an informed choice about your IELTS test and clear up any misunderstandings you may have heard about the test formats.  

IELTS on Computer is More Difficult 

Whether you take IELTS on Computer or IELTS on Paper to achieve your goal, you can expect to see the exact same test content. The only difference with the computer-based test is that your answers for the Writing, Reading and Listening sections are completed on a computer instead of on paper.

Be assured that the questions in your IELTS on Computer test are the same as those in the paper-based test. This means you can use our free computer-delivered familiarization test to practice for your IELTS test, no matter which format you have chosen. Find it here.

IELTS on Computer is Longer

The Listening, Reading and Writing sections of the test take 2 hours and 40 minutes, with no breaks between sections. However, you can expect to spend slightly more time in the test centre if you take IELTS on Paper because your answers will need to be transferred to an answer sheet. If you take IELTS on Computer, this step becomes redundant because your answers are already on a computer.

IELTS on Computer is More Expensive

Taking IELTS on Computer will cost you the same as IELTS on Paper. We do not charge extra for the use of our computer devices in our official test centres, so don’t let this be a factor in the choice you make. You also get access to the same preparation materials like Road to IELTS, the IELTS Prep App and a range of free practice tests.

IELTS on Computer is not User Friendly

Quite the opposite is true! When you take IELTS on Computer with the British Council, you can expect to use a well-functioning computer with clear instructions to guide you. The questions on screen will be easy to read and it will be clear where you should input your answers.

When you take IELTS on Computer, you can take advantage of the word count feature in the Writing section and ensure you submit just the right length. You can also take notes and go back and forth between questions, just as you would with the paper-based test.

Ready to make your choice? Register today for IELTS on Computer or IELTS on Paper.