Why is the IELTS format fairer for you?
You deserve a fair chance to do your best. That’s why, unlike other tests, IELTS gives you a quiet room for the Speaking test with no distractions or interruptions. IELTS also recognises that candidates have different approaches to answering questions. For example, with IELTS you can answer questions in the order that suits you and you can make changes to your Reading answers and Writing responses at any time during the Reading and Writing sections.
What can you expect in each section of IELTS?
Both versions of IELTS (Academic and General Training) cover all four language skills: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. Each section of the test is outlined below.
For a full description please ensure you also read the Information for Candidates booklet.
Four test sections: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
Please note: The Listening component is the same for both Academic and General Training versions.
Reading – Academic version
The Academic version includes three long texts, which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. The texts are authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. These have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are recognisably appropriate for anyone entering undergraduate or postgraduate courses or seeking professional registration.
Reading – General Training version
( Duration: 60 minutes)
Writing – Academic version
Writing – General Training version
The Speaking component is delivered in such a way that does not allow you to rehearse set responses beforehand.
Sample test questions
For sample test questions, download our free IELTS Essentials preparation pack.