Paper-Based IELTS Exam


Paper-Based IELTS Test: Insider’s Guide

  • Write   •   Erase   •   Re-write   •   Quick and Simple
If you like writing, a Paper-Based IELTS test is the best!

It is still amazing to think that the first-ever IELTS test was conducted in 1989. In the early years, hardly 43,000 students
appeared for the IELTS test each year. Since its inception, the IELTS test has been administered in a 4-modules
structure and is available in two versions (Academic and General Training).

Today, it has grown to roughly 3.5 Million students each year!
So three cheers to all of us!!

IELTS Structure

The most common quality of Paper-Based IELTS is that all the three modules
IELTS Listening, IELTS Reading, and IELTS Writing are conducted on the same day
while IELTS Speaking is conducted on a separate day.

Let’s Face It:
Benefits, Myths, and Facts

  • 10 Minutes Extra Time to Transfer Answers
  • Underline the text that seems important
  • Can flip through pages as per convenience
  • No Eye Fatigue by staring at the Screen
  • Exam in hometown will give higher marks
  • Speaking in Accent will fetch higher marks
  • Smiling in the Speaking test will increase my bands
  • Writing more words will help with more marks
  • Follow the Instructions Carefully
  • Question Booklet is Taken Back after Test
  • Only Practice will help you Score Better
  • Speak Naturally in Your Accent

IELTS Test Availability

When you opt for IELTS on paper, you get quite a lot of options to book a test date.
There are separate test dates for IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training test
and each month you get to choose from 3 to 4 test dates.

How to Book a Paper-Based IELTS Test

Log on and Register
Choose from IELTS Academic or General
Select the Preferred Test Location, Date, and Time
Fill up the Personal Details and Passport Scan Document
Pay the Fees


Yes, during your Paper-based IELTS, you will be provided with stationaries such as Pencil, Rubber, and Sharpener. In case, you bring these from home, they will be taken away at the entrance for security purposes. Apart from the ID document, no other personal belongings are allowed in the exam hall.

Yes, for sure. In fact, you are recommended to do so to find answers. You can scribble, underline, highlight, or make notes in your Question Booklet.

Yes, you can use a Pen for the IELTS Writing test. But it is recommended to use a Pencil for the test. It gives more clarity, neatness, re-written, and can be erased if needed. Also, use CAPITAL words for the Listening and Reading test for better clarity.