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Two Types of IELTS

Choose between IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training, according to your educational or professional aspirations, or visa requirements. Both types consist of four separate components, providing a valid and accurate assessment of the Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking skills in English.

IELTS Academic

IELTS Academic is for people planning to study in higher education or seeking professional registration. It assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training in an environment where English is the language used.

IELTS Academic does not aim to simulate academic study tasks in their entirety, as it is designed for a non-specialist audience. It reflects only some of the features of academic language, using authentic texts taken from books, magazines, journals, and newspapers.

IELTS General Training

IELTS General Training is for people wishing to migrate to English-speaking countries, such as the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, or for those planning to study or train in secondary education, or acquire working experience.

IELTS General Training focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts. It should be noted that each organization sets its own entry requirements. Professional organizations normally require an Academic test result for registration and migration purposes. However, in some cases, both IELTS Academic or General Training test results may be accepted. If you are in doubt as to which test to take, you should contact the organization you are applying to.

Test Format

Both IELTS Academic and General Training comprise four parts that evaluate the ability of people to communicate in all four language skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, in under 3 hours.

Test takers receive individual scores for each of the four test components. There is no such thing as a Pass or Fail. Results are reported as band scores on a scale from 1 (the lowest) to 9 (the highest). 

The distinction between IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training lies in the subject matter of the Reading and Writing components. All test takers take the same Listening and Speaking tests, but different Reading and Writing tests.

Listening, Reading and Writing must be completed on the same day, without breaks in between. The order in which these parts are taken may vary. In most occasions, the Speaking part will be taken on the same day as the other three components, however, on busier periods, it might be scheduled a week before or after the other tests.