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IELTS on paper

With IELTS, you can choose how you want to take your test - on paper or on computer. If you're more comfortable writing instead of typing, IELTS on paper is the test for you.

You can take IELTS Academic test and General Training test on paper. The contents, test part times, question types, scoring and results of the paper-based test are the exact same as the computer-delivered test, but your test day experience is a little different. Test day staff will hand you booklets and answer sheets before each test and will then collect these booklets and answer sheets, before moving on to the next test part.

What to expect on the test day?

If you take IELTS on paper, you will complete the Listening, Reading and Writing on paper. You can use an HB-pencil to complete your Writing test and write your Listening and Reading answers on the answer sheet.

For IELTS on paper, the Listening, Reading, and Writing tests are all completed on the same day with no breaks between each test. The Speaking test is completed in a face-to-face interview with an IELTS examiner, and this can be done one week before or after your test date.


Paper-based IELTS

If I take IELTS on Paper, can I write notes in the question booklets?

Yes, you are encouraged to write notes on the question booklets. IELTS examiners do not have access to your question booklets.


Here's why the IELTS Speaking test is done with a real person

There are many advantages to choosing IELTS for your English test thanks to our human based speaking component, which is just like a conversation in real life.

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How will the IELTS Masterclass help you?

Join us online or face-to-face at a free IELTS Masterclass near you. Presented by an IELTS expert, the free IELTS Masterclass will help you:

  • Improve your skills in IELTS Writing, Reading, Listening and Speaking
  • Understand common IELTS mistakes and how to avoid them
  • Understand how IELTS is scored and the assessment criteria
  • Ask the IELTS expert anything you’ve wanted to know!