Computer Based vs Paper Based IELTS

In paper based IELTS, you answer all the three modules Reading, Writing and Listening on paper. Whereas in computer based IELTS, you need to answer these three on computer screen.


Speaking part is always face to face, regardless the exam is paper based or computer based. Marking criteria is same for both paper based and computer based exam.

In case of a paper based exam, you get 10 minutes extra time at the end of Listening section. You are given this time to transfer your answers into the answer sheet. Whereas in a computer based test, you will not get this extra 10 minutes. Because you will need to answer directly on the computer, and you will be given only 2 minutes to check the answers at the end . 

Computer based test is good for the people who are good at typing. Otherwise, if you more comfortable with writing on paper, we suggest you go for the paper based exam.

Advantages and Disadvantages of a Computer Based Test

There are both advantages and disadvantages of a computer based test.


  • It suits best for you if you are a confident typist.

  • You will get the result only in 5 - 7 days.

  • Slots are mostly available, because only a few people are taking computer based tests.

  • Calm and quite environment


  • If you are not good at typing, it can be a nightmare for you.

  • If you have eyestrain, it will be a very difficult task for you as you will need to look on the screen for a long time.

  • The countdown timer appears at the very last moment. Therefore, it might be difficult for you to track the timing.

  • Screen gets locked at the mentioned time, and you cannot do any last minute editing.

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