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Pros And Cons Of Computer-Delivered IELTS (Listening Test)

Monday, 24th February 2020

In my last post, I mentioned the pros and cons of doing the Reading component on a computer, but what about the pros and cons of doing the Listening component on a computer? It would seem that out of all the components, doing the Listening component on a computer has the least advantages. In fact, many students prefer the paper-based version of the Listening component.

Pros
– You listen with headphones so you can hear the audio properly and be less distracted
– The tab key works to move from one part to another
– You can highlight words

Cons
– Although you are given a pen and paper, you need to type your answer directly into the computer and this means you need to be able to listen and type at the same time
– Some questions require you type an answer, others require you to drag words from one place to another and others require you to select boxes so you really need to get familiar with the various ways questions can be answered on the computer
– You only have 2 minutes to check all your answers, not 10 minutes to transfer your answers like in the paper-based test
– If you do not know how to move from one section to the next, you might waste valuable time figuring it out
– Unfortunately, you are not able to underline any key words or phrases like you can in the paper-based test
– For multiple choice questions, the method of crossing out wrong answers to find the correct one cannot be done

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