The first computer-delivered test in the UAE took place in September.
The exam content and structure remain the same irrespective of the test-taking method. The speaking test is conducted face to face by a certified IELTS Examiner. Test takers now can get their results in five to seven days and choose from more test dates, IELTS said in a press release.
James Shipton, Head IELTS at the British Council, said:
We are continually enhancing IELTS to improve the experience for our test-takers and stakeholders. IELTS on a computer will deliver significant benefits, offering a choice in delivery and more availability. Security of the test is key. The computer-delivered solution we have developed is secure and capable of delivering the world-leading quality assurance measures that IELTS is renowned for.
IELTS on computer will be available at the IDP Abu Dhabi. British Council and IDP will announce further test center locations over the coming months.
Computer-delivered IELTS tests are currently available in China (Guangzhou), Egypt, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with over 3 million tests taken in the last year.