Types of IELTS Exam

Why you should consider taking this exam?

IELTS Academic Training
Aspirants looking to pursue their education bachelor or higher education in an English speaking country/ or the medium of instruction of the course is English.
IELTS General Training
Anyone wanting to migrate to an English speaking country, Looking for gainful employment or training related to work.

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Test format for the IELTS test

Reading (Academic)

Time allocated: 60 mins

This section of the test contains three long passages taken from books, newspapers and journals. General interest topics are only given in this test. Reading skills like skimming, reading for gist, attention to detail, recognizing the writers' opinions, purpose and attitude and logical argument are tested. There will be a total of 40 questions in this section.

Writing (Academic)

Time allocated: 60 mins

There are 2 topics and both have to be completed in the given time. Notes and bullet points are not accepted as a part of the answers. The answers have to be formal.

Reading (General Training) (GT)

Time allocated: 60 mins

This section of the test contains three parts. The first section may have several short texts. Section two has 2 short texts and section 3 has 1 long text. General interest topics are only given in this test, taken from sources that a person will come across on their everyday life in an English speaking country like Advertisements, posters, company handbook etc, Reading skills like skimming, reading for gist, attention to detail, recognizing the writers' opinions, purpose and attitude and logical argument is tested. There will be a total of 40 questions in this section.

Writing (General Training) (GT)

Time allocated: 60 mins

There are two tasks in this section. One letter and one essay from a general interest topic will be asked. Both questions have to be answered. The style of writing can be personal.

Listening

Time allocated: 30+10 mins

There are 4 sections and one recording for each section. Two of the recordings will be conversations and the other two are monologues A total of 10 questions will be asked from each section. The questions will be of six different types like multiple choice, fill up etc., The answers to the questions will be in the order that the audio is played. This test will assess your ability to understand the ideas and development of facts and ideas, as well as the attitude and purpose of the writer.

Note: This section is common to both IELTS Academic and General Training IELTS tests.

Speaking

Time allocated: 11 to 14 mins

This is an oral interview session. It consists of 3 parts. The first part of the test you, your studies or work and other interests. This will last around 5 mins. The second part of the test is a speech on a given topic for two mins. One additional minute is given for the preparation. The third part of the test is an extension of the second. You will be discussing more on the topic given in the second part of the test. This will take around 5mins. The Speaking test is always recorded. The speaking test is to assess your use of spoken English, accuracy in grammar and lexical resources.

Note: This section is common to both IELTS Academic and General Training IELTS tests.

Academic Reading

Correct Answers Best Score
10-20 9
20-30 8
30-40 7
40-50 6

General Training & Reading

Correct Answers Best Score
10-20 9
20-30 8
30-40 7
40-50 6

General Training & Reading

IELTS Band Score Skill Level
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5
4
3
2
1

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