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IELTS® Test Info

IELTS®

the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), is designed to test your English language skills. IELTS is required for entry to universities in many different countries.

Who is it for?

IELTS is for, typically, but not limited to individuals that are looking to migrate, study, or work abroad in a country where English is the preferred form of communication. Thousands of universities across the world use IELTS results.

What is the IELTS® test like?

The IELTS test measures your ability in the following skills: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing.

There are 2 test formats to choose from:

  • Academic Test
  • General Training Test

The Academic test is for those seeking a higher education or professional careers in English speaking countries. The General Training test is for those looking to migrate, take secondary education, or work experience. Please be aware that typically professional organizations require IELTS Academic results.

Listening - Test Format

You will have 30 Minutes to complete all questions.
There are a total of 40 questions each question is worth 1 mark.

Section 1
A conversation between two people in a social environment.

Section 2
A single person talking in a social environment. An example would be someone giving a speech

Section 3
A conversation with up to 4 people in an educational environment. An example would be students discussing homework.

Section 4
A university lecture.

Speaking - Test Format

You will have 11 - 14 Minutes to complete all parts

Part 1 - The Interview
This part lasts for 4 - 5 minutes. An interviewer will introduce themselves and asks the test taker some general everyday questions. This part focus opinions, information, everyday topics, and common experiences.

Part 2 - The long turn
This part lasts for 3 - 4 minutes. You are required to discuss a particular topic for 2 minutes without stopping. You are given 1 minute to prepare your self for the talk. You are given a pencil and paper for note taking during the preparation. This part focuses on your ability to talk at length on a given topic.

Part 3 - The discussion
This part lasts for 4 - 5 minutes. You are required to discuss in more depth issues about the topic in part 2. This part focuses on your ability to justify opinions and discuss and speculate about issues.

Academic Reading - Test Format

You will have 60 Minutes to complete all questions.
There are a total of 40 questions

The Academic Test is more difficult than the General Training Test. It consists of reading 3 long passages taken from university level articles, but does not require any specializations to understand.

General Training Reading - Test Format

You will have 60 Minutes to complete all questions.
There are a total of 40 questions

The General Training Test is a little easier than the Academic test. It consists of the test taker reading from magazines, books, and newspapers found in everyday life.

Academic Writing - Test Format

You will have 60 Minutes to complete two writing tasks.

The Academic Test is a little harder than the General Training Test.

Task 1
You will be shown a table, graph, or diagram and asked to explain the information in your own words.

Task 2
You are required to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument, or issue. The essay for both tasks must be in format writing.

General Training Writing - Test Format

You will have 60 Minutes to complete two writing tasks

The General Training Test is a little easier than the Academic test. It consists of the test taker reading from magazines, books, and newspapers found in everyday life. The writing can be more personal in style compared to the Academic style in Task 2

Task 1
You are required to write a letter requesting information about a situation Or you will be asked to explain said situation.

Task 2
A single person talking in a social environment. An example would be someone giving a speech



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