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March 20, 2021

IELTS Test Component

1. Listening (Same for Academic and General Training)

  • It includes four sections, 40 items
  • One is a conversation between two individuals
  • Second is a monologue/speech
  • The third section is a conversation among a maximum of four people set in an academic setting
  • The final one is a monologue on an academic subject

Please note that each section is heard only once.

2. Reading (Different for Academic and General Training)

  • It includes three sections, 40 items
  • You need to read the text passages and answer questions in multiple-choice, sentence completion, summary writing, matching information, short-answers
  • Each passage consists of 13-14 questions
  • The reading module has in total of 40 questions
  • Reading passages and questions are different in Academic and General Training IELTS

a) Reading-IELTS Academic

  • The syllabus includes three long texts
  • Subject matter 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 are selected for a non-specialist audience
  • Appropriate for candidates entering university courses or seeking professional registration abroad.

b) Reading- IELTS General Training

  • Requires candidates to read extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks, and guidelines.
  • These are materials one is likely to encounter on a daily basis in an English speaking environment.

3. Writing (Different for Academic and General Training)

  • It includes two tasks
  • Topics are of general interest and suitable for candidates planning undergraduate and postgraduate studies abroad or seeking professional registration.
  • In Task I, you will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in your own words.
  • In Task 2, you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.

4. Speaking (Same for Academic and General Training)

  • Three-part one-on-one conversation
  • The test will be recorded for evaluation purposes and will consist of three parts that simulate a face-to-face oral interview with an examiner.
  • The Speaking component assesses the candidates’ use of spoken English; takes between 11 to 14 minutes to complete.
  • The entire speaking test is recorded by the examiner.
  • In Part I, you will be asked questions about oneself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests.
  • Part I is for about four and five minutes.
  • In Part II, you will be given a card asking you to talk about a particular topic. You will be given one minute to prepare before speaking.
  • In Part III, the questions you will be asked will be connected to the Part II topics.