IELTS Details

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  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication and instruction.
  • It is a compulsory exam for admission into universities and training programs in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Professional bodies, government agencies and immigration authorities also of these countries recognize the test.
  • IELTS is managed by three reputable, international organizations – British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (Cambridge ESOL).
  • It covers four basic language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking.
  • Administered at centres throughout the world

Formats of the IELTS Test

There are two formats of the test – Academic and General Training.

Academic – Institutions of Higher and Further Education

The Academic format is, broadly speaking, for those who want to study or train in an English-speaking university or Institutions of Higher and Further Education. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of the Academic test.

General Training – for school, work or

The General Training format focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts. It is typically for those who are going to English-speaking countries to do secondary education, work experience or training programs

It should be noted that certain professions require an Academic test result for registration and migration purposes.

The Listening and Speaking modules remain the same in both the formats but have different Reading and Writing modules.

Academic Training General Training
Listening: 4 Sections, 40 questions and 30 minutes Listening: 4 Sections, 40 questions and 30 minutes
Reading: 3 sections, 40 questions and 60 minutes Reading: 3 sections, 40 questions, 60 minutes
Writing: 2 tasks, 60 minutes Writing: 2 tasks, 60 minutes
Speaking: 11-14 minutes Speaking: 11-14 minutes