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IELTS Test Format

IELTS test has following two types:

Academic Test (for students seeking education in international institutions)
General Training Test (for people seeking employment or work in international setups)

Test Format

IELTS test is divided into following four parts:

  1. Reading module    (3 sections. Time: 60 minutes)
  2. Writing module      (2 tasks. Time: 60 minutes
  3. Listening module  (4 recordings. Time: 30 minutes)
  4. Speaking module  (2 tasks. Time: 11 – 14 minutes)

The formats of IELTS Academic and IELTS General Tests are similar but the subject matter (content or nature) of questions in reading and writing module are different in both test.

   READING MODULE

There are 40 questions distributed into 3 sections. Time allowed for this module is 60 minutes.

IELTS Academic test: It includes long extracts from research reports, journals, books, newspapers and magazines. You have to answer questions on each extract specially designed for students seeking education in international institution.

IELTS General Training test: It includes abstracts from magazines, newspapers, hand-books, notices and books. You have to answer questions on given abstract specially designed to assess your routine interactive skills in English language.

   WRITING MODULE

There are 2 tasks for writing. Time allowed for this module is 60 minutes.

IELTS Academic test:
Task 1 : To summarize or describe a given table, chart, graph or a diagram.
Task 2 : To write an essay on a given topic.

IELTS General training test:
Task 1 : To write a letter to someone (usually to official authority) about the given situation or scenario.
Task 2 : To write an essay on a given topic.

   LISTENING MODULE

Four recordings are played. You have to listen to them and answer the given questions for each recording. Time allowed for this module is 30 minutes.

Recording 1: conversation between two individuals on topics of routine activities
Recording 2: monologue e.g. documentary or speech
Recording 3: conversation among three or four individuals e.g. family members discussing an issue.
Recording 4: monologue on academic topic e.g. teacher delivering a lecture

   SPEAKING MODULE

Time allowed for speaking module is 11 to 14 minutes.

Part 1. The examiner interviews you regarding yourself i.e. family, hobbies, interest and studies. This part lasts for three to five minutes.
Part 2. You are a card having a topic on it. You are given one minute to prepare ideas on the topic. After a minute, you are asked to talk about the topic for one to two minutes.
Part 3. As you complete talking about the topic of Part 2, the examiner starts to ask you some questions about the same topic. This part lasts for three to five minutes.