British Council has launched computer-delivered IELTS testing for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) in Qatar, it was announced yesterday.
With computer-delivered testing, candidates can take IELTS for UKVI, Academic or General Training, and they simply type their answers, according to a statement. 
Computer-delivered IELTS for UKVI will not replace paper-based testing but rather offer a choice in delivery and more availability. 
Test takers can now choose the option and time to take IELTS for UKVI that best works for them. They can also get their results faster, with results typically available between five to seven calendar days after the test has been completed.
The test content, timing and structure remain the same in both options and, importantly, the speaking test remains face-to-face with a certified IELTS examiner. 
Test takers who choose the option of computer-delivered IELTS for UKVI can access support materials with which to prepare for taking IELTS on a computer. “The computer-delivered solution we have developed is secure and capable of delivering the world-leading security, quality assurance measures and operational benefits that IELTS is renowned for,” the statement said. “IELTS is one of the world’s most popular high-stakes English language tests, with over three million tests taken in the past year, and recognised by more than 10,000 universities, schools, employers and immigration bodies, including all universities in Australia and the UK and many leading institutions in the US.
“IELTS is also the most widely used test of English for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. Established in 1989, IELTS is jointly owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.”