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IELTS now also has a computer version: check dates, price and where to do it

The IELTS (or International English Language Testing System) , one of the main English tests required in exchange programs, now has a computer version. According to Adriana Colossio, director of exams at the British Council in Brazil, IELTS on the computer was created to serve candidates who prefer to take the test in a digital medium and to streamline the test application process.

The British Council is the organization responsible for the creation and application of IELTS worldwide. And Adriana, as exam director, explains that the creation of a computer version of the test facilitates the logistics of its application. “Many security prerequisites are required to transport and store exams on paper. It is a very big investment ”, he says. The computer version facilitates this process and speeds up the delivery of notes.

But what is IELTS?

Like TOEFL , IELTS is a standardized test that measures a person's English level. The test is run by the University of Cambridge , British Counci l and IDP Education Pty Ltd . IELTS has two versions: the academic version (Academic Version), for those who intend to enroll in an English-speaking university; and the General Training Version, for those who intend to use the test for work experiences or in non-academic training.

The test has four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The maximum score on the IELTS is nine points, and the race lasts 2h45. The most competitive foreign universities generally require an IELTS score of seven or eight.

What changes in IELTS on the computer?

According to Adriana, for the candidate there is no difference between the paper version and the computer version. “We call it computer delivered , not computer based , because it is exactly the same test that is done on paper, without any adaptation”, he explains.

According to her, candidates who have already taken IELTS on the computer report having enjoyed the experience, “because they are already used to using the computer all the time”. For these people, who often do not even have the practice of handwriting anymore, the format of the paper test may even end up interfering with their performance.

Other than that, the test result comes out faster. According to Adriana, the student who takes the IELTS in the traditional version takes 13 days to receive the results (neither more nor less). In the computer version, however, the results come out in 5 to 7 days.

Where to do it? What is the price?

For now, the computer version of IELTS is only available in the capitals of the states of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Throughout the month of April, IELTS computer delivered will be made available in Brasilia as well. And Adriana says that the British Council's goal is to take the race to a total of 10 Brazilian capitals throughout the months of May, June and July

In Rio de Janeiro, the exam is held for the time being at Faculdades Integradas Hélio Alonso (FACHA-RJ), in Botafogo. In São Paulo, it is offered at Impacta Tecnologia, located on Avenida Paulista. In both cases, it is possible that more places will be added in the future. The price of IELTS on the computer is the same as the paper version: R $ 840.

What are the available dates?

To check the dates when the computer IELTS is available at each test location, it is necessary to visit the Brazilian test website . there, the candidate must choose which version of IELTS he wants to take (Academic, which may be required in postgraduate programs, or General Training) and the place where he wants to take the test in order to see the available dates.

The paper version of the test is offered four times a month: three times on Saturdays, and once on Thursday. The computer version of IELTS, on the other hand, is currently being offered once a week. The next test dates can be seen on this link .

According to Adriana, the paper test will continue to be offered indefinitely, even with the computer version available. Despite the success of the digital version, “some people even prefer to write by hand, so that they can scribble the proof, make drafts, etc. So we contemplate the two profiles ”, he considers.

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