I highly recommend computer-based version. It’s so much better than the paper one, especially for writing. There will be no issues with examiners being unable to read you, and your piece of writing will look much neater than if if you wrote it on paper.
Maciej, Google Review from IDP IELTS Melbourne
- What's the difference between IELTS Academic Writing and IELTS General Training Writing?
There are two tests available: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The test you choose should be based on what it is you want to do. The Academic test is usually for entry into university. General training is used for migration purposes. If you’re not sure, read more about which IELTS test you should take.
- The Writing section is 60 minutes for both the IELTS Academic and General Training.
- Each includes two tasks: Task 1 is a minimum 150 words. Then, Task 2 is a minimum 250 words.
- For IELTS Academic, Task 1 is writing about a table, graph, chart or diagram. Task 2 is an essay.
- For General Training, Task 1 is writing a letter, and Task 2 is an essay.
- How much time do I have in the IELTS Writing test?
You get one hour to complete your IELTS Writing test. Task 2 is 250 words and Task 1 is 150 words so you probably need to spend more time on Writing Task 2.
Check out the Free IELTS Support Tools for more info on the test format.
- Can I increase the text size in computer-delivered IELTS?
With computer-delivered IELTS, you can adjust the settings to your preference. Hit the ‘Settings’ button at the top right-hand corner and setting options will pop up. You can choose the size and colour of the text as well as the screen resolution. This will allow you to adjust to what’s comfortable for you.
- Can I copy and paste in the IELTS Writing test?
With IELTS on computer, you can use the cut, copy and paste options. This is super helpful when you make your notes.
- What are the IELTS Writing test questions?
The General Training Writing question types in computer-delivered IELTS are the same as in the paper-based test:
- In Task 1, you are expected to write a letter.
- In Task 2, you are asked to write a short essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.
The Academic Writing question types in computer-delivered IELTS are also the same as in the paper-based test:
- In Part 1, you are presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and are asked to describe, summarize or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.
- In Part 2, you are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.
- Will I get a pen and paper to make notes?
Yes, when you sit the computer-delivered IELTS test we will give you a pencil (or a pen) and paper. This allows you to make notes, or plan your writing tasks.