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Computer-delivered or computer-based IELTS (CDI or CBI)

Candidates who are interested in migrating to a new country can take this test through computer-delivered ielts or a paper-based IELTS. Both ways are up to you.


It totally depends on what you are comfortable in. The old fashion way of writing an exam or taking up a test fully automated. There is absolutely no difference in the difficulty of the examination.

It is for people who are well versed with the machine especially adequate with typing. The goal of choosing this way is when a person feels they are better off typing rather than writing with a pencil. In simple words, if your typing is fast and good, then go for it.

Pros of CBT

  1. If you think you are good at typing even in stressed environments like such, then stick with this. 

  2. The screens are readable, they can be zoomed-in also. One can resize the screens, even the brightness, adjust volume, highlight passages, underline keywords, make notes, review answers, copy and paste answers from the passage that would unquestionably save time as well. 

  3. According to the new guidelines since the spread of Covid has taken over us, fewer people are allowed in one sitting to take the exam. 

  4. The availability of slots is plenty in fact the dates are open throughout a month. 

  5. Another best thing is the results are fair quick as compared to paper-based IELTS. 

Cons of CBT

  1. One needs to be really swift at typing. There should not be a doubt on this, if you think you are not up to the mark, then go for paper delivered IELTS instead. 

  2. The timer runs at the top of the computer screen so once the mentioned time is up, the screen will instantly get locked. In other words, making last-minute changes is not possible.