IELTS Paper vs Computer

IELTS Paper vs Computer (3)

Good teachers never stop learning. I’ve been teaching strategies and  techniques to get high scores in IELTS for more than year now. I took the IELTS pen and paper test last year. Earlier this year, IDP Philippines offered a computer-based test so I decided to take the exam again. Having a first hand experience will give me more idea on how to improve my teaching skills.

 IELTS Paper vs. Computer

  1. Materials – In paper-based test, you need to bring your passport, two no. 2 pencils, and an eraser. On the other hand, in the computer-delivered test, you just need to bring your passport.
  2. Listening Test –  Some test centers only play the recording using a big speaker. Others distribute infrared headphones. In computer-delivered test, you have your own headphones where you can adjust the volume of the sound.
  3. Reading Test – In the paper-based test, you can write anything on the paper. In the computer-delivered test, you also have the option to highlight and make notes digitally.
  4. Writing Test – The content is the same. However, it’s more convenient in computer-based test because you can easily cut, copy, and paste the words. There’s also a word counter on the screen. Computer-delivered test is also advisable when you have a bad handwriting.
  5. Speaking Test – In the computer-delivered test, you can have the speaking test on the same day of your written test. It’s easy to select the exact time. However, in the paper-based test, they will inform you the exact date and location 5-7 days prior your written test. 
  6. Test Dates – Computer-delivered test has more test dates. Unlike the paper-based test, which usually takes place during weekends only. 
  7. Test Center – The test center is not crowded in computer-delivered test. I think we’re only 10 in one room. When I took the paper-based test, we are more than a hundred in one hall.
  8. Test Payment – Last year, I paid Php9,780 for the paper-based test. This year, it’s already Php10,270. Now, it’s Php11,500 for the computer-delivered test.
  9. Test Difficulty – The content, timings, question types, marking, and security arrangements is the same with the paper-based IELTS.
  10. Test Registration – The booking procedure is the same. Register now at www.ieltsregistration.com

IELTSComputer-based Experience

I went to the testing center 30 minutes before my exam. I surrendered one of my ID’s at the reception area of Marco Polo Ortigas to get a Visitor’s ID. You can’t use the elevator if you don’t have one. Make sure that you have extra ID’s besides your passport.

IELTS Paper vs Computer (3)

I deposited my bag inside one of those lockers. Then the staff took a photo and ask me some questions about my identity while looking at my passport.

IELTS Paper vs Computer (3)

I went inside the testing room and had my listening, reading, and writing test. In the afternoon, I took my speaking test.

How to get the result?

  1. Visit http://results.ieltsessentials.com/
  2. Provide your name, passport number, and date of exam.

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12 thoughts on “IELTS Paper vs Computer

  1. Amazing write-up. Very nice post. I really liked your article. Thanks for sharing this valuable information. We also provide ielts classes on our website.

  2. I definitely would prefer the computer based test. It seems much more convenient, even with the slight price increase. I have never had the option to take tests on a computer before.

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