Before the pandemic hit, RMIT Training was testing over 10,000 test takers a year in our testing centre, so we can confidently say we are experts at delivering the IELTS exams. Here are our top tips for selecting the right IELTS test for you.
Selecting your IELTS exam
When preparing to sit an IELTS exam, it’s important to understand the available options. RMIT English Worldwide offers both paper-based and computer-delivered IELTS.
While the content and level of difficulty are the same in both formats, there are some important differences to consider.
A comfortable headset is provided for the listening component
Tests are conducted in a new, custom-built testing room with a maximum of 24 test takers per session
Results are available within 13 days
General Training is offered 2 Saturdays per month, and Academic 3 Saturdays per month
The Speaking component for both computer-delivered and paper-based tests is held face-to-face with an examiner.
Many test takers find that this in-person contact is the best way to simulate a real life conversation and provides a more realistic environment than speaking to a computer. You can also ask the examiner to clarify or repeat/rephrase a question.
So before deciding which test format is right for you, we recommend you consider the following:
Are you comfortable using a computer?
Some test takers feel more comfortable with the traditional paper-based test format. However, keep in mind that the computer-based test is designed for people with a ‘typical’ typing speed. If you can write an email with no problem, you can sit a computer-based test.
Do you need your results urgently?
A computer-based test is an ideal option if you have an urgent visa or university application. You can book your test today and receive your results the next week. Remember that you must book your test at least 72 hours before the test date.
What type of testing environment do you prefer?
Some test takers find that they are able to concentrate better during the listening test when using headphones, which are only available with the computer-delivered test. You may also find the testing environment to be less stressful, as there will only be 24 test takers maximum per session.