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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) - CD IELTS




  • If you are comfortable using computers, the CD test will suit you.
  • If you need results in a hurry, the CD test will suit you.
  • Paper-based tests are still available at all PRECISE SOLUTIONS test venues.
  • A transfer between a CD and paper IELTS test (and vice versa) is not possible.


1. What is computer-delivered IELTS?

  • Computer-delivered (CD) IELTS is the same as paper-based IELTS except it is taken on a computer. The test fee is the same as paper-based IELTS: $319 CAD (HST included)


2. Is it the same content? Is CD harder?

  • If you choose to take computer-delivered IELTS, you will take the Listening, Reading and Writing test using a computer. All aspects of the test are identical to paper-based IELTS, including:

Question types





* In the computer-delivered Listening test, the timings are slightly different from the paper-based test. This is because the paper-based test requires users to transfer answers to an answer sheet. This step becomes redundant when answering directly on a computer. 


  • Before the start of each part of the Listening test, you will have some time to read the questions.
  • After the end of each part of the Listening test, you will have some time to review your answers.
  • At the end of the Listening test, you will have 2 minutes to check all your answers.
  • The timing of the Listening test is between 30–34 minutes.

3. Will the Speaking Interview change?

  • The speaking interview is not changing and will be carried out face-to-face with an IELTS examiner. It will be on the same day as the test. Sign up for your interview time when you register.

4. Can I take food/drinks inside the test room?

  • You may not take any food/drinks inside the computer room. Water is available outside the test room, before, during, and after the test.


5. How often will CD be offered?

  • See the schedule on We offer the Academic and General Training tests every day. You can select a morning, afternoon or evening test; sign up for your speaking interview time too. Check this link for all available dates for CD IELTS.


6. How do I register?

  • The CD test day calendar is available at this link. Just click on the date you want and proceed to register. 

Remember Academic and General Training tests are offered every day at 20 Eglinton Ave West, Suite 1300.

You must bring your original valid ID (passport, Canadian PR card or Refugee Protection Claimant Document). If you bring a different ID (e.g. a driver's license), no ID, a photocopy or an expired ID, you cannot write the IELTS test. For any of these cases, there is no transfer or refund.


7. When will I get my results?

  • You will receive your results in 5 to 7 days after you complete the last section of your test.


8. What is the IELTS policy with regard to transfer/cancellation/refund?

  • You can transfer your test up to 7 days before test day at a $100 administrative fee.
  • We can cancel your test up to 7 days before test day for a partial refund of $220.
  • No transfer/cancellation/refund is possible within 7 days of the test date.

Candidates seeking cancellation or transfer within 1 week prior to the test date will only receive a refund/transfer if they can provide evidence that their ability to sit the test has been affected by a serious illness or cause:

  • Serious illness - hospital admission or serious injury.
  • Loss or bereavement - death of a close family member.
  • Hardship/trauma - victim of crime, victim of traffic accident.
  • Military service.

Candidates must file an application for refund or transfer no later than five (5) working days after the test date. You must complete a "Request for Refund or Test Day Transfer Form" and attach appropriate documentation and/or evidence: medical certificate from a qualified medical practitioner, a death notice or certificate or a police report.

The doctor’s note must be in English, on letterhead paper, stamped and signed by the doctor, state the doctor’s credentials and state both the illness and how this prevented you from taking the test. The note must also indicate the test date. A medical note which misses any of these requirements will be disregarded. Upon approval by the IELTS Administrator, a $100 fee is required. Once the fee has been paid, we will transfer your test.



Refunds are paid by cheque and usually take 1-2 weeks from the date of the request to be processed and mailed out.

IELTS Request for Refund or Test Day Transfer Form


9. Are there any practice materials?

  • Yes, we highly recommend the following familiarization tests which allow you to experience computer-delivered IELTS on your own computer, so you know what to expect on test day. To start your test, please click here.


  • A minute video with features and benefits of IELTS CD can be found here.


  • Computer-delivered IELTS familiarisation videos:





  • Computer -delivered IELTS functionality:

Using the Help button

Making notes

Highlighting text


  • Practice tests can be found here.


10. Can I get more help to prepare for my test?

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