ABOUT THE TEST

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Test determines the English Language proficiency of the test takers in four components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

The test is available in two versions: Academic and General Training.

Listening, Reading and Writing components of IELTS Test are conducted on the same day and takes around 2 hours and 45 minutes. While IELTS Speaking test is conducted either on the same day or within a week prior to or after that.

Listening and Speaking components are same for both – Academic and General Training.

Listening

It consists of four sections, each with 1 recording. Each recording comprises of ten questions. The test taker can hear the recording only once. The questions are designed in such a way that their answers appear in order when the recording is played.

 

  • Time:

    30 minutes

  • No. of Questions:

    40

  • Marks:

    1 mark per question

Type of Task: Different questions are asked from the following:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Matching
  • Labelling a map, plan or a diagram
  • Form completion
  • Table completion
  • Flow chart completion
  • Note completion
  • Summary completion
  • Sentence completion
  • Short-Answer Questions

Note: Extra 10 minutes are provided to transfer answers onto the answer sheet.

Speaking

It consists of three parts . It is conducted by a trained examiner. The Speaking test of every test taker is recorded.

  • Part 1: Introduction and Interview
  • Part 2: Long Turn
  • Part 3: Discussion
  • Time:

    11-14 minutes

  • No. of Questions:

    Variable

  • Marks:

    Not specified

Type of Task: Different questions are asked from the following:

  • Part 1: General questions on familiar topics like family, friends, home, hobbies or work.
  • Part 2: The examiner hands over a task card to you. You need to speak on the topic given in the cue card. After that the examiner asks questions on the same topic.
  • Part 3: The examiner discusses the topic given in Part 2 in detail with you.

IELTS Academic Test

Reading

It consists of three passages. These passages usually cover topics of general interest.

  • Time:

    60 minutes

  • No. of Questions:

    40

  • Marks:

    1 mark per question

Type of Task: Different questions are asked from the following:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Identifying information [True/False/Not Given]
  • Identifying writer’s claims/views
  • Matching information, headings, features, sentence endings
  • Complete sentence, summary, note, table, flow chart, diagram label
  • Short-Answer Questions

Note: Passages are taken from authentic sources like books, magazines, journals and newspapers.

Writing

It consists of two compulsory tasks and it must be answered as per the given instructions.

  • Time:

    60 minutes

  • No. of Questions:

    2

Type of Task: Questions are asked in following form:

  • Task 1: You are supposed to describe the provided diagram or data (graph, table, chart) in at least 150 words. You must spend about 20 minutes on this task.
  • Task 2: You are given a point of view, argument or a problem. You need to present a solution to the problem, justify an opinion, present contrast evidences, evaluate ideas or argument in at least 250 words. You must spend about 40 minutes on this task.

IELTS General Training Test

Reading

It consists of three sections. The texts in these sections are taken from notices, advertisements, leaflets, newspapers, instruction manuals, books or magazines. The language and difficulty level of these texts is higher as compared to Academic.

  • Time:

    60 minutes

  • No. of Questions:

    40

  • Marks:

    1 mark per question

Type of Task: A variety of questions are asked from the following:

  • Multiple Choice
  • Identifying information [True/False/Not Given]
  • Identifying writer’s claims/views
  • Matching information, headings, features, sentence endings
  • Complete sentence, summary, note, table, flow chart, diagram label
  • Short-Answer Questions

 

Writing

It consists of two tasks of general interest. The test takers are advised to complete both the tasks.

  • Time:

    60 minutes

  • No. of Questions:

    2

Type of Task: Questions are asked in following form:

  • Task 1: You need to respond to a given situation in form of a letter. It is suggested that you must write at least 150 words and spend 20 minutes on this task.
  • Task 2: You are provided with a point of view, argument or a problem. You have to present a solution to the problem, challenge ideas, compare evidences or display contrast opinions. It is suggested that you must write at least 250 words and spend about 40 minutes on this task.