Prepared by Zilpah D’Souza; Edited by Michael Zimmer on June 3, 2023


IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is one of the world’s most popular English language proficiency tests for non-native speakers. Many who plan to move to an English-speaking country like Canada take up IELTS as part of their immigration process. The test is designed and developed by a handful of leading language experts. IELTS is owned by the British Council, IDP Education, and Cambridge Assessment English. There are four modules – Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. The test can be taken either through a computer or paper. Read on to understand what mode of test is better suited for you.


Paper-based Vs Computer based test

One of the most frequently asked questions by the test takers is whether to take the test through computer or paper and also, which one would be easier… The fact is that whichever ‘test type’ the test taker chooses, the content, number of questions, duration, and the score allotted are the same for both computer and paper-based test.





The basic requirement is that for the computer-based test, the test taker must possess decent typing speed while the paper-based test requires legible handwriting. The key difference between the two is the availability of the test results. Computer based test results are available within 3-5 days of taking the test whereas it can take up to 14 days for the paper-based test results to come. Therefore, many opt for computer-based test over paper-based test.

Important note: Irrespective of the test selected, the test taker must be present at the test centre to take the test. Computer-based test cannot be attended from home or any other location.


What our IELTS trainers suggest?

After understanding the basics of computer and paper-based test, it is essential to remember that the test taker must consider what suits them better. If they want to quickly complete the immigration process, the test taker must consider taking up the computer-based test since the results will be available sooner than the paper-based test.





If the test taker finds it challenging to give the test through a computer and lacks speed [typing speed], it is better that the test be attempted through paper. In IELTS, time is of the essence and therefore, the test taker needs to be aware of what mode of test is best suits them.

Contact us for IELTS Training that meets your immigration requirements. Check out Owlspriority Immigration’s Canada Settlement Resources to learn about finding employment in Canada, making your initial days stress-free, etc.

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