Which one is easier Paper-Based IELTS, or Computer-Delivered IELTS Exam?
I am certain that by now you would be well aware of the news that the IELTS test is now also available on computers worldwide. It is a piece of great news for candidates who don’t enjoy the paper version of the test, in this technologically advanced time.
While there are various myths going hand in hand with this new test format: computer-delivered IELTS, let us discuss what is paper-based IELTS and how this computer-delivered test is different from it?
PAPER BASED TEST
This test enables you to sit on a desk in an official test centre with the question paper and different answer sheets for three modules- Listening, Reading and Writing. Candidates have a choice to write either with a pen or pencil. However, the speaking test is a 15 minutes interview carried out face to face with a trained IELTS test examiner.
You are advised to reach an IELTS test centre at least an hour before.
Listening (3o minutes)
A test taker is supposed to listen to 4 different audios: monologues or dialogues, and attempt questions on a question paper. Later on, 10 minutes are provided to transfer answers on the answer sheets. Moreover, they can highlight or mark keywords on the question paper to avoid errors.
Note: Make sure you transfer answers on the Listening Answer Sheet.
Reading (60 minutes)
This section begins after the listening transfer time is over. Here, a question paper including three sections/parts of passages is provided be it for General Training or Academic Test. It is advisable to simultaneously transfer answers on the Reading Answer sheet since no extra time is given for transferring answers in this module.
Writing (60 minutes)
There are two parts of the writing tasks: report or letter writing, and essay writing. Two different colours sheets are provided for attempting either part of the writing sections. No extra sheet is given for note-making; however, one can ask for extra sheets for both task 1 and task 2. Although, IELTS test takers are free to write with a pen or pencil, yet it is advisable to use a pencil in order to write a clear and error-free essay.
Speaking (15-20 minutes)
The candidate is supposed to reach at official IELTS test venue before half an hour of the time slot allotted. It is a face to face interview. It has three different parts- part 1- general questions, part 2- cue card (1 min preparation and 2 minutes response time), and part 3- Cross questions.
Now, let us debunk some myths related to computer-delivered IELTS exam
First and foremost, the only difference between both the tests is that the paper-based test is done on paper, and a Computer-based test is done on the computer. Aspects such as Level Of Difficulty, Question Types, Content, Format, and Band Scoring are the same, for all four IELTS modules.
The next question that is commonly asked is which one is easier?
To reiterate, since both forms of IELTS tests are the same be it for content, format or question types, therefore, the difficulty level and scoring for neither of the tests are easier than the other. Well! The difference could be made on the basis of the comfort level of test-takers, for example, Computer savvy individuals rather opt for Computer-delivered IELTS test.
To add on, those who feel uncomfortable in using keyboards or are not system friendly, and wish to appear are facilitated with the HELP Button to avail following information:
- How does the computer-delivered test work?
- Functions of different icons.
- Changing the font size.
The next myth is that computer-delivered test questions for Listening and reading modules will all be MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions).
Wrong! This test along with a Paper-based test will have a variety of question types such as Headings, Short answer questions, matching, diagram labeling, completion of a form, note, table, and flow chart.
However, the benefit of appearing on the former exam is that one can receive one’s IELTS Result/ Score within 5-7 days. In comparison, the latter test’s result is out on the 13th day after the test. Certainly, the IELTS scorecard is given in the form of a TRF sheet for candidates appearing from either of them.
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