ISLAMABAD - British Council in Pakistan has launched computer based test under which test takers 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 24th February. According to the statement of British Council on Thursday, computer-delivered IELTS will not replace paper-based IELTS but rather offer a choice in delivery and more availability. It was stated that over the years, the British Council in Pakistan has been at the forefront of providing opportunities to students and professionals nationwide through IELTS , helping them realise their ambitions. 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. The computer-delivered solution which has been developed is secure and capable of delivering the world-leading security, quality assurance measures and operational benefits that IELTS is renowned for. Test takers who choose the option of taking IELTS on a computer can access support materials with which to prepare for the test. The British Council’s Country Director Pakistan, 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.”
It is worth mentioning here that IELTS is one of the world’s most popular high-stakes English language tests, with over three million tests taken in the past year, and is recognised by more than 10,000 universities, schools, employers and immigration bodies.
IELTS is the most widely used test of English for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. It is recognised by more than 10,000 universities, schools, employers and immigration bodies, including all universities in Australia and the UK and many of the leading institutions in the USA.