The computer-delivered IELTS is now available in New Delhi and the first test will be held on 9 February, 2019. The computer-based version of the exam will not replace the paper-based IELTS but rather offer a choice in delivery and more availability, the British Council said.
Test takers can now choose the option and time to take IELTS that best works for them. They can also get their results faster, with results typically available between five to seven calendar days after the test has been completed.
Structure remains the same
The test content, timing, fee, and structure remain the same in both options and, with the speaking test conducted face-to-face with a certified IELTS examiner. Whether test takers take IELTS on paper or computer, they can be confident that they are taking the same English language test.
Test takers who choose the option of computer-delivered IELTS can access support materials with which to prepare for taking IELTS on a computer.
Computer-delivered IELTS tests are currently available in China, Egypt, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.
About the test
IELTS offers a choice of two tests, to serve both academic and non-academic purposes. IELTS Academic measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment. The tasks and texts are accessible to all test takers, irrespective of their subject focus. IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and texts reflect both workplace and social situations. IELTS General Training is suitable for immigration purposes to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Source: BW Businessworld