With computer-delivered IELTS there are more test dates available, test takers can choose IELTS at a time convenient for them, and they will receive their results in 5 to 7 days.
The Test Report Form, content, timing and structure of the test is the same whether you take the test on paper or on computer and the Speaking test is always face-to-face with a certified IELTS Examiner.
If you choose to take computer-delivered IELTS, you will take the Listening, Reading and Writing test using a computer. All aspects of the test are identical to paper-based IELTS, including:
*In the computer-delivered Listening test, the timings are slightly different from the paper-based test. This is because the paper-based test requires users to transfer answers to an answer sheet. This step becomes redundant when answering directly on a computer.
Before the start of each part of the Listening test you will have some time to read the questions.
After the end of each part of the Listening test you will have some time to review your answers.
At the end of the Listening test, you will have 2 minutes to check your answers.
The timing of the Listening test is between 30 – 34 minutes.
How it is different from IELTS?
In IELTS, students use pen/pencil for marking/writing answers on the answer sheet whereas in CD-IELTS, all answers are marked/typed on a computer
For Reading section, in IELTS, candidates have to answer the questions of the passages on the given paper and in CD-IELTS, candidates have to read the passage from a computer screen and mark the answers there.
For the Writing module, students have to write their thoughts about the given topics on paper in IELTS whereas in CD-IELTS, students have to type their thoughts on the computer using a keyboard.
For the Listening section, as questions are to be answered while the audio is being played, so candidates have to read the questions from a question booklet and mention their answers on the given answer sheets in IELTS and in CD-IELTS questions are displayed on the computer and students need to mark the answers on the computer.
Evaluation of the results of IELTS exam is done manually whereas in case of CD-IELTS, answer sheets are checked by the computer software/system.