The New IELTS Computer Test: Everything you need to know

The New IELTS Computer Test: Everything you need to know

What’s the new IELTS? Should you take the new IELTS computer test or the old IELTS paper test? How are they similar? How are they different? Which one is easier? Watch my lesson to learn all about the new IELTS option, its content and structure, and the pros and cons of the computer-based IELTS and the paper-delivered IELTS. I explain the listening, reading, writing, and speaking sections, so you know what to expect. I also share students’ feedback and experiences. There are a lot of little differences that are not obvious. Find out which one section is easier on the IELTS computer test. Watch this lesson to decide which test is best for you and improve your chances of getting a higher IELTS score! Take the quiz on this lesson at https://www.engvid.com/

TRANSCRIPT

Hi. I’m Rebecca from www.engvid.com. In this video I’m going to explain to you about the new IELTS test, which is called the IELTS CDT. That stands for “Computer-Delivered Test”. Now, there was and there still is another IELTS test also available, at least at the time that we’re recording this lesson, which is called the PBT, which stands for “Paper-Based Test”.

Now, if you’re taking the IELTS or if you are re-taking the IELTS, it’s really important for you to understand the differences between these two exams, which I’m going to explain to you here. We’re going to talk about how they’re similar, how they are different, and also which exam you should choose to take based on what those similarities and differences are, based on your personality, your skills, your preferences, and so on. And I’m also going to share with you some of the feedback that I’ve been receiving from my students who have appeared for both the paper-based test and the computer-delivered test. Okay? So, let’s get started.

So, first let’s look at how these two exams are similar. Okay? So, if you’ve never done the IELTS, then you need to do some basic homework. Okay? So, the IELTS is an English proficiency exam. All right? And it stands for “International English Language Testing System; the IELTS”. Okay? And it has four sections. Like many English proficiency exams, it has reading, writing, listening, and speaking. So, in terms of these two tests-okay?-the paper and the computer one, the content is the same. That means you’re not going to be asked harder or easier things if you take the paper one or the computer one. The content is the same. The sections are the same, as in the four sections that I mentioned. Okay? Both tests have four sections.

The timing is exactly the same. Okay? So you have 60 minutes for reading, 30 minutes for listening, 60 minutes for writing, and about 15 to 20 minutes for a speaking interview. Okay? So, the overall length of the exam is the same. Okay? It’s about two hours and 45 minutes. That part is the same. The scoring is also the same. They are not judging you differently based on which form of the test that you took. Okay? The scoring rubric, the scoring criteria are the same.

Next, the speaking part of the test is exactly the same. Why? Because the speaking is not done on paper or on computer. If you’ve ever appeared for the exam before or if you’ve read about it, then you will know that the speaking part of the IELTS test is done with you face-to-face with an examiner. Okay? And so, that part is the same. Okay? So we’re not going to talk very much about that because that part is exactly the same. That’s the speaking.

We are going to talk about the other sections and how they are different. Okay? So, let’s get to that. Let’s talk about that first. So, here, I’ve talked about the content, the academic part of the test; and, here, I’m going to explain to you about some of the administrative differences-okay?-and how that will affect you or may affect you.

So, we said the speaking part of the test is the same; however, reading, listening, and writing, even though the content is the same, the experience is going to be very different for you, whether you’re doing the paper-based test or the computer-based test. Why? Because you are different. Okay? Some people are very comfortable using the computer. Okay? And when you do that computer test, you should be someone who is really computer literate; you should be very comfortable navigating around a screen, scrolling, clicking on answers, clearing answers, highlighting text, typing on a keyboard, using the mouse, and so on. Okay? If you are someone like that, if this describes you, then you would probably be quite comfortable doing that computer test. Okay?

However, if you’re someone who gets confused when you see lots of instructions, and you have to go forward, you have to go back, there are arrows, and you get confused by computer… By working on computers, then first and foremost overall, you might be better off taking the paper-based test-okay?-which basically is just a test on a piece of paper and with a pen and pencil. Okay? So, that’s overall. […]

50 Comments

  1. kappati malli on February 7, 2020 at 9:34 pm

    Can we highlight text in CDT during listening test ?



  2. Boxodir Saidov on February 7, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    Ggh



  3. ma wing on February 7, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    For the listening section, do you get to preview the questions like the paper-based or it will go straight in?



  4. 9999 on February 7, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Thank you so much 🙏🏼🙏🏼Teacher Rebecca



  5. gaurav Bhasin on February 7, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    Mam do we get time some time to put answer in answer sheet in listening part? Some time may be like 5 min?



  6. Maxwell Ryder on February 7, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    *so few dates



  7. Roy Samuel on February 7, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    She uses "okay" as a filler far too much.



  8. Ambra on February 7, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    Speriamo bene, c’ho un’ansia che mi porta via



  9. Yves George Sanchez on February 7, 2020 at 9:45 pm

    CDT will definitely help me with the writing task! I always run out of time on the paper-based one. I hope it’s available here in the Philippines.



  10. Manuel da costa on February 7, 2020 at 9:48 pm

    Would i lose marks if my essay is about 450 words?



  11. EDUFORALL on February 7, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    I am interested and my husband to take general Ielts cause we want to immigrate to Canada. We currently live in Miami. Is the test here given in computerized form or in written form? How can I check out before I enroll to the exams? We much prefer the written form.



  12. Joash Au on February 7, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    Try watching ur own videis without sleeping



  13. Abhiyan Poudel on February 7, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    Many thanks for providing detailed information about both types of IELTS.



  14. Adam Qi on February 7, 2020 at 9:53 pm

    come on guys, this vedio is for those who need to take ielts test, the Speech rate is just ok



  15. Sameer Siddiquii on February 7, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    can we write in all caps in the cbt????



  16. MANJITH MOHANAN on February 7, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Indeed useful and informative..thanks for this video..



  17. Malek AlBeetar on February 7, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Overall, CDT is better for Writing and worse for Listening..



  18. Arjun Singh on February 7, 2020 at 9:58 pm

    Do you get any practice tests on signing up for the test? Asking because you did say that you need to be familiar with the drawing of arrows during the listening test. I usually take down notes on the question paper but this time Im considering the computer based test. Please let me know. If anyone can answer – feel free to!



  19. Sudarshan Krishna on February 7, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Really really helpful video . Thank you for this.



  20. Monther Abdullah on February 7, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Allah bless you 🙂



  21. Karina Khamoyan on February 7, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Thanks a lot for the information:)



  22. Anel Aimbetova on February 7, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    I want to die every time she says okay



  23. gaurav Bhasin on February 7, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Mam, can we use control ‘f’ command in reading part on computer based test?



  24. Manikandan Rajasekaran on February 7, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Can I get a pen and paper in case If I need it during listening?



  25. Sean Meng on February 7, 2020 at 10:06 pm

    Bullshit IELTS, since PTE exist, who is going to take IELTS? Go to hell



  26. Charudatt Dobariya on February 7, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    any website or link where we can practise for computer based test.



  27. followetal on February 7, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Hi, is the Listening Test same concept with the PBT? like, do they give an example question first before the whole test will run?



  28. Abdul Mubeen on February 7, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Thanks..a lot..



  29. Murtaza Kamal on February 7, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    THANK YOU MAAM



  30. SwordMasterTala on February 7, 2020 at 10:11 pm

    Hi. Sorry but we need more images or screenshots of the test. it is easier that way



  31. Justin Jang on February 7, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Hello teacher, i want to ask u a question, is it possible to do the computer delivered test instead of paper based?



  32. Joash Au on February 7, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    So slow



  33. manideep saga on February 7, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    In the listening section, do we get time to switch between sections and correct answers before submitting the final test



  34. Raaja Panwar on February 7, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Do all the candidates get spiked on the same day? Is speaking before or after exam?



  35. Edge on February 7, 2020 at 10:12 pm

    Is computer based test available for general ielts??



  36. Sabaresh chandran on February 7, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    What are those numbers 30,60 30 next to the reading, listening, writing sections at the start of the video??



  37. sandhepp on February 7, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    How many of you are counting the "OK’s"
    .. Great information though. !!



  38. eric amarteifio on February 7, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Thank you.



  39. Lord Tardar on February 7, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    Hi Rebecca. Thanks very much for taking the time to make this video! This is super helpful. Quick question, can we have pen and paper for the Listening section? That’d be unfair and a disadvantage if you’re forced to memorize and write down everything simultaneously. Many thanks!



  40. gaurav Bhasin on February 7, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    Hello, mam, are we allowed to keep pen and paper with us in computer based test?



  41. Juan David Rodríguez Callejas on February 7, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Australian speed… 3x…🥰



  42. Nithin Philip on February 7, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    I liked the way you explained ,Thank you



  43. Rabbiya Younis on February 7, 2020 at 10:18 pm

    Can we use ctl+f feature of computer?? It’s to find stuff on the screen?



  44. Walking Alone on February 7, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Thank you! Very informative



  45. Kamakura 5 Bagh kare khan on February 7, 2020 at 10:22 pm

    Very valuable information thanks ma’am



  46. Rhyza Erpelua on February 7, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    Hi what’s the website name again? AnyOne?



  47. angela jane on February 7, 2020 at 10:26 pm

    I have a question…. I would like to ask in the CBT can one carry any writing material when one is listening to make notes?
    Really nice content….



  48. Huzaifa Ahmed on February 7, 2020 at 10:29 pm

    pure milf material



  49. Антон Резников on February 7, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    Thank a lot
    have a couple of questions
    is it possible to use pepper and pen during listening test?
    it’s no more extra 10 minutes to transfer the answers, so is it means that recording lasts exactly for 40 minutes?
    and does it means that there are more time gaps between sections during listening part?
    Going to pass ielts gen. 14/11
    nervous as hell



  50. N swathi on February 7, 2020 at 10:32 pm

    There will be exactly 20 min for each reading passage or we can switch the sections!