explains IELTS Computer delivered tests

BRZEE Academy explains IELTS Computer-delivered tests

Below are useful guidance on IDP Computer-delivered IELTS exam which would be very helpful for all aspirants thinking of taking this test version:


– You will be given an A4 paper (which has your computer login information such as candidate no. & password) and a pen. You can write some notes on the paper, but they collect it at the end of each section so it’s NOT much useful.
– Each section (L/R/W) has its own paper (with login info). And as I said, are collected and disposed at the end of each section. So, for example, you cannot copy advanced words from reading in the hope to use it later in the writing section.
– You can control text size/color/background color.. etc.
– You can control voice level.
– Timer on the top to remind you of the time remaining (very useful).

1. Listening:
Perhaps this was the least advantageous section in the computer-based IELTS version.
– Although you get your own headphone and can clearly hear the audio, typing while listening can be a bit challenging. But, this totally depends on the individual’s comfort level with typing; which is a skill you need to master for the computer-delivered version.
– You are given a paper but honestly, you’ll have NO time to transfer answers.
– Between listening section(s), there is the usual 30 seconds to check your answers and 30 seconds to skim the next section. So this time is to check and review your answers, read the next section, not transfer answers.
– No 10 minutes at the end, but ~2 minutes at the end of the listening test to review all the sections.
– Don’t ever ever write anything on paper on the hope to transfer it later.
– Difficulty level is about the same in both test types.

– Practice listening on a computer at the same time type in answers as you listen.

2. Reading:

– You can highlight/copy/past word or sentences easily. Very relaxed and laid-back section overall.
– The T/F/NG section you don’t need to type anything, just select the letter from a menu.
– “Summary Completion” part of the reading is so much easier and faster! You can copy text or a word (ctrl+c) and paste it in the blank.
– No search function to search a word (Ctrl+F).
– Similar difficulty level with the paper-based test.

– Aside from practising reading in a computer, make sure to highlight topic sentences (or thesis) of each paragraph (i.e. part 3 which has a long passage, you perhaps want to start highlighting words as you read so you don’t loss their location).
– you need to sleep extremely well the night before, staring at the screen for 60 minutes isn’t vision-friendly.

3. Writing:
– Word count included under the typing text-box – candidates find this very very useful because you don’t rush yourself to erase an entire well-structured sentence – that you perhaps took few minutes to construct, instead the counting on screen encourages you to write precisely from the beginning.
– You can cut/paste/erase “backspace” and undo sentences easily.
– Restructuring a paragraph is much more easier.

– know your essay type or required structure beforehand, this will guide you through writing & save your time.
– Practice typing.


4. Speaking:
–   This is exactly same as the paper based test i.e. one-on-one interview.

This is pretty much our students’ experience and candidates get the result within 5-7 business days as promised. Good luck on test day by Team BRZEE Academy!

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