Tips and Tricks for Preparing the Computer Based IELTS Test


Meridean Overseas

Updated On 05 July 2023 & Read Time 6 minutes



Before starting your preparation for the IELTS computer based test, dive deep into the basic understanding of this language proficiency exam. The IELTS test is a widely recognised and globally accepted assessment for language proficiency. It's general documentation required for admissions to universities and companies in English-speaking countries. Hence, you can give this exam in 2 ways - paper-based and computer-based.


The only distinction you must keep your eye on is that the computer based IELTS - Listening, Reading, and Writing sections will be given on a computer at your IELTS exam centre and the Speaking section can take palace on a video conference or face-to-face with the examiner at your designated IELTS test centre. Now, computer delivered IELTS might seem easy, but it’s not. It also needs your dedicated practice and in-depth preparation, so here are some tips and tricks for each section.


How to prepare for computer-based IELTS?

Let’s have a look at some of the valuable tips to help you excel at your computer based IELTS exam and achieve outstanding band scores in the overall IELTS test.




Do your best following these below-mentioned tips for the Listening section in IELTS CBT.

  • The listening section format is almost identical to a regular IELTS paper based test, with a time limit of 30 minutes.

  • While preparing for the listening section, you must practise listening to Australian and British accents beforehand as you won’t get much time to think during the exam.

  • Take a deep breath and listen to the recordings carefully, as you’ll find answers at the beginning or end of each question. Kindly stay focused.

  • You might get approx. 10 mins to transfer your answers to the IELTS paper based test, whereas in computer based IELTS, you must keep typing along with the recordings and get 2 minutes afterwards to recheck your answers. You must take care here to avoid grammar and spelling mistakes.



After the listening section, here are some useful tips for the reading section:

  • The reading material is on the right, and the questions are on the left in the computer based IELTS. This makes it easy to read and respond.

  • While attempting the reading section, any word or sentence might seem important, and then you can choose the highlighting feature by right-clicking, which isn’t possible for IELTS paper based tests.

  • You can increase or decrease the font size in order to maintain your comfortable reading.

  • You can also minimise typos by using CTRL-C (Copy) and CTRL-V (Paste) to copy-paste some text from the reading passage if needed.



Now that you have some valuable information on listening and reading comprehension, take a look at some tips and tricks for the writing section of the IELTS computer based test.

  • Along with writing, you will also be assessed on your ability to type in computer based IELTS. Rest is similar to regular IELTS paper based tests. The only distinction comes in typing the answers. Typing also eliminates worries about legibility and word count. To excel in IELTS, you should practice typing at a reasonable speed with no errors.

  • Because there is little time for answer evaluation, be wary of typos while typing quickly.

  • Use editing tools to effortlessly pick and erase whole lines using backspace or delete commands. Throughout the test, the copy-paste option is also available.

  • Use the given paper and pen to outline your framework for the essay component, noting down significant ideas. When typing, try to communicate your thoughts as neatly as possible.



Follow these IELTS CBT Speaking section tips to do your best.

  • A human examiner conducts the speaking test, similar to a conversation. Consider it an opportunity to have a meaningful conversation.

  • Maintain a positive attitude throughout the exam. Smiling not only improves your pronunciation but also demonstrates your self-assurance.

  • Speak in a confident and calm tone. Avoid using unnecessarily complex words solely to demonstrate vocabulary. Instead, concentrate on clear and effective communication.

  • Prepare to talk about a wide range of topics, such as global issues, family, or hobbies. Keep up with current events and practise speaking in front of others, such as family or friends, to boost your confidence.


Q: What is the difference between computer based IELTS and paper based IELTS?

A: The computer based IELTS is administered on a computer at the testing centre, whereas the paper based examination is administered using actual question papers and answer sheets.


Q: Can I highlight essential information in the computer-based IELTS reading section?

A: Yes, you can highlight relevant words or sentences by right-clicking on them, which is not feasible in the paper-based test.


Q: Is there a time limit for entering responses in the computer based IELTS?

A: Yes, you must type your answers within the time limit, and then you get a short period to review your responses.


Q: Is it necessary to have great typing abilities for the computer based IELTS?

A: Having good typing abilities with no errors is advantageous for the IELTS computer based test since you will be inputting your answers directly on the computer.


Q: Are the speaking tests administered face-to-face in both computer-based and paper-based IELTS?

A: Yes, the speaking tests in both formats are face-to-face with a human examiner, allowing for a conversation-like assessment. 


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In the long run, thorough preparation is essential for you to score higher in IELTS computer based test. Understanding its format and nuances is critical for your success in proficiency tests. You should also practice listening to varied accents for noting down pronunciations, along with taking advantage of the highlighting feature, especially for the reading section.


Writing sections might get easier for you with some editing tools and copy-paste options to minimise your mistakes. You should also approach the IELTS speaking section as a complete conversation, following your positive attitude, speaking confidently, and staying well-informed on current affairs beforehand. You can improve your performance and achieve outstanding results in the computer based IELTS by following these tips and tricks.


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