The British Council continually seeks to enhance IELTS to improve the experience for our test takers and stakeholders. As part of this process, the British Council is pleased to announce that the world’s most popular high-stakes English language test for work, study and migration can now be taken on the computer. The computer-delivered IELTS is now available in New Delhi and the first test will be held on the 9th of February, 2019.
The computer-delivered solution is secure and capable of delivering the world-leading security, quality assurance measures and operational benefits that IELTS is renowned for. IELTS on a computer will not replace paper-based IELTS but rather offer a choice in delivery and more availability. Thus, the test taker is administered the same test but is offered more choice.
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.
The test content, timing, fee, and structure remain the same in both options and, importantly, the Speaking test remains 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 trusted 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.
IELTS is one of the world’s most popular high-stakes English language tests, with over three million tests taken in the past year, and is recognized by more than 10,000 universities, schools, employers and immigration bodies.
IELTS is the most widely used test of English for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK. It is recognized by more than 10,000 universities, schools, employers and immigration bodies, including all universities in Australia and the UK and many of the leading institutions in the USA.
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.