The International English language testing system (IELTS) is used to assess the English language proficiency of people who are applying for higher education, immigration, and global migration. The IELTS is available in two versions such as IELTS academic and IELTS general training. Both versions are used to assess the candidate’s skills in listening, reading, writing and speaking.
There are two types of exam formats such as IELTS pen and paper based exam format and IELTS computer delivered exam. There is no difference between pen and paper based exam format and IELTS computer based exam format. All the 4 tests like listening, reading, writing and speaking are same. The only difference is, the candidate should answer the questions on the computer rather than on a paper. IDP announced the first global computer delivered IELTS exam format.
However, the candidate can choose either pen and paper based exam format or IELTS computer based exam format. The IDP has announced plans to expand the availability of IELTS computer based exam format for visa and immigration purpose. In any format, the speaking test is an interview, which is conducted by the certified IELTS examiner. If the candidate is eligible to take computer-based IELTS exam, then he/she practice questions from the IELTS websites and software. And also they should practice typing the answers into a digital document or onto a web page. This exam format is easy to evaluate the results accurately.
The accurate IELTS results are reported by the highly trained and certified IELTS examiner. The IELTS test results are reported between 0 and 9 band scale. The overall band score is the average score of all the 4 skills.
According to the British Council, the band scale is used in the assessment of the candidate’s English fluency, accuracy, pronunciation, grammatical errors, information and ideas. For example, a band score of 9 indicates the expert user while a band score of 0 indicates non-user. In the next decade, most of the countries follow the IELTS computer-based exam format rather than pen and paper based exam format.
More than 10,000 organizations worldwide like universities, colleges, immigration, professional registrations accept the IELTS test results. In the coming years, all the countries will shift from paper-based exam format to computerized exam format. Because it is a standardized format to evaluate accurate results. IELTS computer-based exam format is followed by the various countries like UK, China, Pakistan, Nigeria, Phillippines, Vietnam, Japan, India, Saudi Arabia and many more.
IDP in Melbourne introduced the world’s first computer-based exam format. There is no difference in the question types, content, timing and scoring system when compared to pen and paper based exam format.
The IELTS computer-based exam format starts with a listening test and then reading, writing and speaking tests will be conducted. In this format, the candidate will have some time within and between the sessions to check the answers but there will be no extra time. To attempt IELTS, a computer and headphones will be given to the candidate to answer the questions. They will have some time to check the volume levels before the test. The majority of the people choose computer-based IELTS because of many reasons such as no need to count words, and results will be reported in between 5-7 working days.
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