English-language test now delivered by computer in Auckland


Staff and students at the IELTS computer Lab in Auckland

Professional and Continuing Education (PaCE) at Massey University is now offering English-language tests on computers at the Auckland campus.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the world’s most popular English-language test of English for higher education, could previously only be taken on paper. The computer-based test is now available to students at Auckland, and follows implementation at the Wellington campus last year. Massey was the first institution in New Zealand to deliver this version of the test.

Michael James, Director IELTS Operations for New Zealand, says: “The new test experience puts test takers first by offering more test sessions a week and results within five-seven days, while still maintaining the trust, integrity and security that is relied upon by the organisations who accept the results.”

“Many of our test takers are digital natives, so this option is for people who feel more confident typing on a computer. The test content, structure, security and scoring remain consistent whether taken on computer or paper, so while the test itself hasn’t changed, what has changed is the test-day experience and faster results delivery.”

Those undertaking the test in Auckland will now have the choice between taking IELTS via computer at selected centres or doing the paper-based test.

The listening, reading and writing tests will be take on a computer, with the speaking test still conducted face-to-face with a certified and experienced IELTS examiner.

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