IELTS Test Format – Academic & General Test

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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.
IELTS Listening, Reading, and Writing components
of the 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 or after that.

Paper Based Test

Real-time test experience to help you
accustom to the difficulties you will face
in an actual exam.

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Computer Based Test

Test using keyboard and mouse, practice with
IELTS Tutorials to learn how to manage
your time effectively.

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Listening and Speaking components are the same for both
Academic and General Training.
Listening
30 Minutes
40 Questions
Different questions are asked from the following:
  • Multiple Choice
  • Matching
  • Labeling a map, plan, or diagram
  • Form completion
  • Table completion
  • Flow chart completion
  • Note completion
  • Summary completion
  • Sentence completion
  • Short Answers
Note: Extra 10 minutes are provided to transfer answers onto the answer sheet for the Paper-Based Test.
Speaking
11-14 Minutes
Variable
Different questions are asked from the following:
Part 1: Introduction
General questions on familiar topics like family, friends, home, hobbies, or work.
Part 2: Cue Card
You need to speak on the topic given in the cue card. After that, the examiner asks questions on the same topic.
Part 3: Discussion
The examiner discusses the topic given in Part 2 in detail with you.
 
Reading
60 Minutes
40 Questions
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 Answers
Note: Passages are taken from authentic sources like books, magazines, journals, and newspapers.
Writing
60 Minutes
2 Task
Questions are asked in the following form:
Part 1: Diagram
You are supposed to describe the given diagram or data (graph, table, chart) in at least  150 words. You must spend about 20 minutes on this task.
Part 2: Essay
You are given a point of view, argument, or a problem. You need to present a solution to the problem, justify an opinion, evaluate ideas or arguments in at least 250 words. You must spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Note: Include all the points given in the instructions to fulfill the Task Response criteria.  
Reading
60 minutes
40 Questions
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 Answers
Writing
60 Minutes
2 Tasks
Questions are asked in the following form:
Part 1: Letter
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 .
Part 2: Essay
You are provided with a point of view, argument, or a problem. You have to present a solution to the problem, challenge ideas, or compare opinions. It is suggested that you must write at least  250 words and spend about 40 minutes  on this task.