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IELTS Academic or General Training - which test do you need?
IELTS offers two types of test – IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.
The IELTS test you take – and the score you need – will depend on both the requirements of your visa and of the organisation where you plan to study or work.
When to take IELTS Academic?IELTS Academic is designed for people planning to study in higher education or those seeking professional registration. It assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training in an environment where English is the language used.
You may take IELTS Academic if you want to:
• Study or train at a university or college as an undergraduate.
• Study or train at a university or college as a postgraduate.
• Join a professional association.
• Gain registration in a professional organisation (e.g. medical, nursing, accounting, engineering).
When to take IELTS General Training?
IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context.
You may take IELTS General Training if you want to:
• Study in secondary education.
• Study or train at a college or training centre below degree level.
• Migrate to an English speaking country.
How are the two tests different?All test takers take the same Listening and Speaking tests, regardless of which version they take.
The Reading and Writing tests differ in content, depending on whether you are taking IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training.
Find out more about the format of each test.