6 Computer-delivered IELTS Myths Busted

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The world of IELTS is overwhelming especially the computer-delivered IELTS test. Though we won't be commenting on 'why this is the case', the students must know that that not every piece of information available is correct.


With the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) being the most widely used English language competency test in the world, there are sure to be some misconceptions about it. Furthermore, now that IELTS is available in both paper-based and computer-delivered modes, candidates' uncertainty has only grown.

There is no one format that is superior to the other because both have their own set of advantages. A candidate's choice of paper-based or computer-delivered IELTS is solely dependent on personal preference.

Top 6 myths related to computer-delivered IELTS

Here are 6 computer-delivered IELTS myths busted for the students in order to give them a clear view of the IELTS Test.

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1. The computer-delivered IELTS is better

We have had a gazillion students who preferred to sit for computer-delivered IELTS instead of paper-delivered only because someone had told them that it is better.

No, this is not the case.

Both the modes are exactly the same, and it is the choice of the candidate to choose their preferred mode of exam - computer or paper.

2. It is easy

Think Logically! Why would IDP or British Council design the paper and computer-delivered IELTS test with a different difficulty level? At the end of the day, the IELTS on a computer was introduced as an additional benefit for the test takers as more test dates could be made available.

No, the computer-delivered test is not easier than the paper-delivered.

The difficulty level for both modes is exactly the same. You only get your results quickly when you give it on a computer.

3. The computer-delivered IELTS is not accepted for Canada PR

IELTS is approved by Canadian immigration officials in both computer-delivered and paper-based formats. This is because computer-delivered IELTS is the same as IELTS on paper, but you will type your answers instead of writing them on paper.

The type of questions, the time restriction, and everything else is the same; the only change is that you'll be using a computer instead of pen and paper, and your results will be available in 3 to 5 days rather than 13 days.

  • IELTS is accepted in Canada as proof of English language proficiency.
  • IELTS offers both paper and computer-based tests.
  • Canada does not care whether you took the exam on paper or on a computer as long as you get genuine IELTS scores.
  • Just make sure you select the appropriate test: IELTS General is required for immigration, while IELTS Academic is required for University/College Admission and a study permit.

4. It can be taken at home

Aww, how sweet. Just imagine how it would be to sit in the comfort of your house and ask everyone around you for help since no one is invigilating the IELTS Test.

Sorry to shatter the dream, but IELTS cannot be taken at home and you will be required to visit the IELTS Test Centre.

5. Candidates have to bring their own system for computer-delivered IELTS

No, you do not need to bring your own equipment.

IDP has established state-of-the-art test centres for IELTS computer testing all over the world. Simply show up at your preferred location on the scheduled date and take the test in their secure atmosphere.

6. It can be taken anytime

Do not think that since it is a computer-based test, you can walk into any IDP centre and take the test.

No, you cannot take the computer-delivered IELTS test anytime you wish.

  • You will need to book your Test beforehand.
  • Select from the available dates and timings.
  • Reach the IDP Test Centre at least 30 minutes before the exam starts so as to complete the formalities.


Book a computer-delivered IELTS Mock Test

Before you appear for your computer-delivered IELTS Test, you can now book a mock test and use a simulation environment to test your skills.

Feeling Confused ?

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