Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Which exam format should I choose?
This will depend on what your local exam centre offers and what you are more comfortable with. While there are many benefits of a computer-based exam and the majority of our candidates who take the exam this way recommend it, if you prefer writing by hand, you should consider a paper-based test. However, if you’re familiar with typing on a keyboard and using a computer, we recommend you take the computer-based test.
What are the differences between the computer-based and paper-based exams?
The exam format is the same – the question types, order and timings do not change. The main difference is the exam day experience and the way you take the exam: one is using a computer screen, keyboard and a mouse, and the other with paper, pen and pencil. See full comparison.
Which one is easier – paper-based or computer-based?
As both tests are the same, neither is easier or more difficult. However, some candidates feel more in control taking the computer-based exam as they can use headphones for the listening paper, easily edit their writing and keep track of their word count, and highlight text and add notes in the reading. There’s also a timer to see how much time is remaining in each part.