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You can take your IELTS test on paper or on a computer at various of our official examination centres in the Caribbean region.

In both cases you will take exactly the same IELTS exam, with the same content and structure. The only difference is that you can choose to write the answers on a computer or on paper, whichever suits you best.

We recommend you register before the registration deadline and check the dates we have available for both formats.

What is the difference between IELTS on paper and on computer?

IELTS on a Computer IELTS on Paper
  • You will respond to the Listening, Reading and Writing sections from a computer
  • Same content and structure
  • Oral exam in person with an examiner
  • More dates available
  • Results in 7 calendar days
  • You will write the answers to the Listening, Reading and Writing sections on paper
  • Same content and structure
  • Oral exam in person with an examiner
  • More examination centers available
  • Results in 13 calendar days

If you want to know more about how IELTS works on the computer, you can consult our tutorial videos, practice tests and free simulation.

Relevant information

  • The speaking test will remain in person with a qualified IELTS examiner, as we believe it is the most effective way to assess this skill.
  • The listening, reading and writing sections of all IELTS exams are taken on the same day. However, your speaking test can be taken on the same day as the other sections or for a week before or after the date you have selected for your written test.
  • Once you have completed the registration for the IELTS exam on the computer, you will not be able to request changes to the schedule, module or type of exam. You will receive email notifications with the dates, place and time you selected for both your interview and the other components of the exam.
  • If you decide to present IELTS on paper, between 7 and 3 business days prior to the date you have selected for your written exam, you will receive a notification in your email with the dates, place and time of both your interview and the other components of the exam.
  • Keep in mind that if you have any special requirements, you must take the IELTS test on paper.
  • If you are applying for a visa to emigrate to the UK, you may need to apply for the IELTS for UKVI.

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