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IELTS test types

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test for study, work and migration, with more than three million tests taken in the past year.The test content for IELTS is developed by an international team of experts and undergoes extensive research to ensure the test remains fair and unbiased for any candidate regardless of nationality, background, gender, lifestyle or location.

IELTS offers you the choice to take IELTS the way you want

You can take IELTS on computer and on paper. Here’s a comparative table for you to understand how the two methods of taking IELTS differ:





Listening, Reading and Writing test on computer

Listening, Reading and Writing test on paper

Test dates

Multiple test dates – available up to 7 times a week, twice a day

Up to 4 dates available every month with a total of 48 dates in a year


Results in 5-7 days


Automatic word count



Face-to-face speaking test



IELTS test modules

There are two types of IELTS test:

  • IELTS Academic:  It is taken by students who wish to enrol for undergraduate or postgraduate courses in universities and colleges in an English-speaking country. 
  • IELTS General Training: This is meant for those who are applying for secondary education, professionals seeking work experience and people seeking immigration in some countries like Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the UK. 

You can take IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training, depending on the university or college you are applying to and your plans for the future.

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