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IELTS will resume its paper-based tests

Posted on October 17, 2020
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The British Council has announced the resumption of the IELTS paper-based test in India from October 24th onwards. The paper-based tests were temporarily suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is good news for those planning to take the paper-based IELTS test.

If you are planning to take the IELTS paper-based test, you will have to take it at a pre-determined center just like the computer-based test. The venue for the paper-based test is usually bigger than the computer-based test.

The format for the paper-based test is the same as the computer-based test. But for the paper-based test, reading and writing sections have to be attempted on paper.

The Speaking Test is completed in a face-to-face session with an IELTS examiner. The Speaking test can be taken a week before or after the test date. The Writing, Reading, and Listening tests in the paper-based IELTS test are all performed on the same day with no breaks between each test.

The answer sheets are collected in person by the examiner in the paper-based IELTS examination, and are then sent to the Cambridge marking facility. The assessment will obviously take more time.

The only difference you can encounter between the two is IELTS paper-based takes place at a larger venue usually comprises of 100-150 students while the IELTS Computer-based takes place at a smaller venue with one candidate per computer.

The table below gives the details of the paper-based test at a glance:

Delivery format Reading, Listening and Writing parts of the test are written on paper and the Speaking part is given face-to-face with an IELTS examiner
Results Results will be known 13 days after taking your test
Booking Select the paper icon when you book your test
Test availability Tests are conducted for up to 48 days per year (Thursday and Saturday)

The paper-based test will be conducted in the following locations:

  1. Nagpur
  2. Navi Mumbai
  3. Navsari
  4. Nawanshahr
  5. Noida
  6. Patiala
  7. Pune
  8. Raipur
  9. Rajkot
  • Sangrur,
  • Siliguri
  • Surat
  • Thane
  • Thiruvananthapuram
  • Thrissur
  • Trichy
  • Vijayawada
  • Visakhapatnam

If you are keen on taking the IELTS paper-based test in any of these locations, contact the IELTS center in your city.

Make the most of your time at home now, increase your score with live classes for IELTS from Y-axis. Stay home and prepare.

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