With English proficiency tests becoming a requirement for most academic or immigration steps, the British Council has taken the initiative to make the IELTS test easier to take in terms of its structure.

Previously, there was a written test that applicants took at a designated centre. Test takers in Pakistan will now be able to take IELTS on a computer, with the computer-delivered test due to be launched at test centres in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad from 24 February 2019.

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Computer-delivered IELTS will not replace paper-based IELTS but rather offer a choice in delivery and more availability.

According to a press release, the British Council’s Country Director Rosemary Hilhorst stated: “I am delighted to announce the launch of computer-delivered IELTS. After increasing our network of IELTS test centres to 14 cities across Pakistan last year, this is yet another initiative to meet growing demand.”

“With the launch of computer-delivered IELTS in Pakistan, we aim to provide our test takers with greater flexibility along with the convenience of choosing the

IELTS delivery method that suits them best.”

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Test takers can now choose the option and time to take IELTS that best works for them. They can also get their results faster, with results typically available between five to seven calendar days after the test has been completed.

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

Test takers who choose the option of taking IELTS on a computer can access support materials with which to prepare for the test.