Computer-delivered IELTS

Computer-delivered IELTS

For almost 30 years, IELTS has been a paper-based English test that people have used to achieve their work, study and migration dreams. IELTS is now available on a computer at The University of Queensland.

Why take IELTS on the computer?

  • Results in 5-7 days
  • Test days available [x times a day, x times a week]
  • IELTS Writing, Reading and Listening test available
  • Headphones supplied for the Listening test
  • Free IELTS Masterclass
  • Free computer-delivered IELTS practice test


Computer-delivered IELTS test format

The IELTS test is offered in two formats: IELTS Academic and General Training

If you choose to take the computer-delivered IELTS test, you will take the Listening, Reading and Writing components using a computer.

All aspects of the test are identical to the paper-based IELTS test, including:

  • Question types
  • Content
  • Timing * (see below)
  • Marking

*In the computer-delivered Listening test, timing is slightly different from the paper-based test. This is because the paper-based test requires test takers to transfer answers to an answer sheet, and this is no longer required on a computer-delivered test.


Test day

Listening Test

30-34 minutes long

  1. Before the start of each section of the Listening test, you will have time to read the questions
  2. After the end of each section, you will have time to review your answers
  3. At the end of the Listening test, you will have 2 minutes to check your answers

Reading Test

60 minutes long

The Reading section consists of 40 questions, designed to test a wide range of reading skills.

Writing Test

60 minutes long

There are two tasks:

  • Task 1 - you will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.
  • Task 2 - you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. Responses to both tasks must be in a formal style. 

The Speaking Test will remain face-to-face in a quiet room with an examiner.

It is important that you choose the right option so that you feel comfortable and confident when you take the test. You need to decide whether you prefer to read the texts and write your answers on a computer, or on paper.

What to bring:

  • Passport
  • Clear water bottle
Do NOT bring:
  • Pens, pencils or other stationery
  • Mobile phone
  • Watches