Computer Based IELTS Test vs Pen and Paper IELTS Test
It is highly debatable whether to opt for a computer based IELTS exam or a pen and paper-based IELTS exam. Many myths are circulating online, and among students, that computer-based exam is easier than paper-based. However, there is no evidence one type of exam is easier as compared to computer-based.
As per the British council and IDP, the difficulty level of both exams is the same. We have been in touch with many students and found the same response.
When we talk about the individual modules in the IELTS exam, then we can see some differences.
Starting with the listening test, in the computer-based exam, at the end of the exam, only 2 minutes are provided to check answers; however, in written listening, extra 10 minutes are given to transfer answers to an answer sheet.
In the reading exam, same time, 60 minutes are allotted to finish the exam. In the paper-based test, you can write on question paper and mark and highlight text; however, the same thing you can do on a computer screen in the computer-based exam.
In the writing test, the only difference in the computer-based exam is that you have to write your responses using the keyboard, which are automatically submitted at the end of time. In paper-based, you have to write your responses on paper.
In the speaking test, the examination pattern is the same.
Now the main concern is the test timings. For paper-based tests, we have limited exams in a year, and these are scheduled in advance. However, in the computer-based exam, we have more options available almost every day. Moreover, only 4 hours are needed in the computer-based exam. In the paper-based exam, the whole day is wasted.
If you are good at computers and have good typing skills, which can be acquired, you must go for a computer-based exam. People having bad handwriting must go for computer-based exams.All in all, both exams are the same, but it is personal preference when you have to sit for the IELTS exam.
The difficulty level of both exams is the same.
Yes, A pen is provided at the examination Centre, and you are allowed to do rough work on the backside of the credentials sheet provided to you by the invigilator. At the end of the exam, the invigilator tear down papers.
Yes, they do. You are allowed to do rough work on the backside of the credentials sheet provided to you by the invigilator.
The difficulty level of both exams is the same. It’s the candidate’s personal preference which exam they find easier. Some people feel it is much to write on paper. However, some feel typing on the keyboard is much easier.
As per the marking criteria, the handwriting of the candidate is not considered while marking. However, if the examiner cannot understand the words written on the paper, it is more likely that the examiner will deduct marks.
Yes, the validity of a computer-based exam is the same as that of a paper-based exam.
Yes, you can do that. But you need guidance from a professional; there are many instructors available, you can follow them.
You need to appear in General IELTS exam
The difficulty level of computer-based IELTS exam is the same as that of paper-based exam.
Yes, you can , however, it recommended to you HB pencil to write response in paper-based exam.