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IELTS launched on computer in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, September 27, 2018

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the world’s most popular English language proficiency test, can now be taken on a computer in Saudi Arabia.

With the first computer-delivered test taking place today (September 27), test takers can get their results faster (5 – 7 days) and choose from more test dates.

While test takers now have the choice between taking IELTS on computer or paper, the listening, reading and writing test content remains the same. Importantly, the speaking test will also continue to be face-to-face with a certified IELTS examiner.

The test content and structure remain the same whether taking IELTS on computer or paper and, importantly, the Speaking test remains face-to-face with a certified IELTS Examiner. Whether test takers take paper-based or computer-delivered IELTS, they can be confident that they are taking the same trusted English language test.

James Shipton, Head IELTS at the British Council, said “We are continually enhancing IELTS to improve the experience for our test takers and stakeholders. IELTS on a computer will deliver significant benefits, offering a choice in delivery and more availability.”

“Security of the test is key. The computer-delivered solution we have developed is secure and capable of delivering the world-leading quality assurance measures that IELTS is renowned for,” Shipton said.

Warwick Freeland, managing director – IELTS, IDP Education, said the new test experience puts test takers first by offering more test sessions a week and faster results, while still maintaining the trust, integrity and security that is relied upon by the 10,000 organisations that accept IELTS.

“Whether the test is taken on computer or paper, an IELTS score is an opportunity to proudly demonstrate your English language proficiency to employers, governments and educational institutions,” he said.

IELTS on computer will be available at IDP Riyadh from today. British Council and IDP will announce further test centre locations over the coming months, a statement said. – TradeArabia News Service

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