All about IELTS Computer Based Test in India
In recent years, computer-based testing (CBT) has surfaced as one of the most pursued and widespread methods of assessment around the world. An IELTS Computer-based test or any other computer-based test simply refers to taking the tests sitting in a modern computer lab, using the latest technology and with technical staff on hand to help. It is a much speedier mode of test delivery than the paper-based format.
IELTS Computer Based Test – What is it?
This innovative approach to assessment is now made available for the world’s most sought after, high-stakes English language test, IELTS both Academic and General Training. IELTS first foray in computer-delivered testing was made in 2016 for test takers for UK visa, in over 20 countries. With the aim of providing faster test results and more test availability, this method has been now introduced to a much larger global audience.
Computer-based IELTS India
In India, computer-delivered IELTS for both academic and general training is provided by the British Council and IDP India. IDP IELTS computes based test in India are available in the following cities:
- New Delhi
Whereas the British Council computer-based IELTS India tests are available in New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai.
Similarities and Differences Between IELTS exam computer based & Paper Based
Even though CBT is a new and innovative mode of assessment, the general structure, scoring and the level of security expected from IELTS will remain unchanged. Test-takers be rest assured as there will be no change to the:
- Content – test content, level of difficulty, length and structure are exactly the same
- Scoring – IELTS’ globally renowned and consistent nine-bands scoring system is unchanged
- No change in the Test Report form
- Speaking Test – This part of the test remains face-to-face with a certified IELTS examiner. It just takes place one day prior to the Listening, Reading, Writing test, at the same venue.
- Results Verification – IELTS Result Verification Service will continue to operate as usual. Test-takers will still be able to log on to check the results are genuine.
- One of the major concerns regarding any computer-based assessment or program is with regards to the issue of security. IELTS assures all test-takers that they are protected by robust security measures.
The only difference with respect to the pattern of this test is in the Listening section, wherein the timings are slightly different from the paper-based IELTS. This is due to the time required for users to transfer answers to an answer sheet in a paper-based test. Computer-based testing makes this step redundant.
Some time is provided before the start and at the end of each part of the Listening test to read questions and review answers. And after the end of the Listening section, test-taker is provided 2 minutes to review all answers. The overall timing of the Listening test is between 30-34 minutes.
IELTS computer-based test review
As per IELTS Australia, 90% of test-takers found the computer-delivered test to be far easier and more accessible than the paper-based form. This new system provides:
- Greater flexibility
- Higher frequency of test execution – conducted 5-7 times a week
- More number of slots – three slots available (9:00 am/1:00pm/5:00pm)
- Test results will now be available within 5-7 days
- These tests are conducted in high-tech computer labs with a controlled, safe and comfortable environment for test-takers.
- The computer-delivered test provides greater suitability for candidates that prefer typing over writing, especially with respect to editing answers during the test
- This method comes with not just an easier mode of assessment but also a much easier booking process – booking available through the new mobile-friendly registration system.
In a move to familiarize new test takers with this new mode of test assessment, a variety of sample test questions and papers are available. This is to aid test takers in deciding the form of IELTS exam that they would prefer and also to help in test preparation. These sample tests can be accessed on official websites of the British Council and IDP India.
Due to these many upsides, the computer-based tests are being called the ‘new frontier’ in testing. IELTS Academic or General Training tests provide the world’s most trust-worthy English language testing format which is created by some of the world’s leading experts in the English language. IELTS computer-based testing is a way to catch up with the rapidly changing technology scene in the world. In the end, whether one takes the paper-based or the computer-based testing format, will come down to personal choice.
Harpal Singh completed his graduation from Delhi College of Arts and Commerce (DCAC), Delhi University and thereafter did his Post Graduation studies from Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH) and International Management Institute (IMI), Delhi. He has worked in the financial sectors with organisations like HDFC and Kotak in sales and training profile and joined the education sector with the biggest education company – Educomp Solutions Ltd. in 2011. He got an opportunity to introduce Digital Learning in thousands of classrooms of the schools and also interacted with a large number of students and teachers. This motivated him to start his own venture in 2014 to train and counsel the young learners with the help of the latest technology and teaching methodologies.
He is one of the most sought after IELTS trainers in the world right now and has trained students from India, UK, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Nepal, Uganda and Middle East countries. Harpal Singh is a certified trainer from – British Council, IDP, Pearson – PTE, TOEFL and Cambridge.
He has keen interest in counselling students for Study Abroad opportunities and professionals for PR in various countries. All his students are either studying in various prestigious institutes abroad or pursuing their dream careers in countries like Canada or Australia as permanent residents.