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IELTS Test Format
There are two modules to choose from – Academic and General Training.
IELTS Academic is for test takers wishing to study at
undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those
seeking professional registration.
IELTS General Training
IELTS General Training is for test takers wishing to migrate to an
English-speaking country (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK),
and for those wishing to train or study at below degree level.
The four components of the IELTS test
Timing Approximately 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes’ transfer time).
There are 40 questions. A variety of question types are used,
chosen from the following: multiple choice, matching, plan/
map/diagram labelling, form completion, note completion,
table completion, flow-chart completion, summary completion,
sentence completion, short-answer questions.
Timing 60 minutes (no extra transfer time).
There are 40 questions. A variety of question types are
used, chosen from the following: multiple choice, identifying
information (True/False/Not Given), identifying a writer’s
views/claims (Yes/No/Not Given), matching information,
matching headings, matching features, matching sentence
endings, sentence completion, summary completion,
note completion, table completion, flow-chart completion,
diagram label completion, short-answer questions.
IELTS Writing - Timing 60 minutes
There are 2 tasks. You are required to write at least
150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2.
There are 2 parts.
In Task 1, you are presented with a graph, table, chart or
diagram and are asked to describe, summarize or explain
the information in your own words. You may be asked to
describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process,
how something works or describe an object or event.
In Task 2, you are asked to write an essay in response
to a point of view, argument or problem.
The issues raised are of general interest to, suitable for
and easily understood by test takers entering undergraduate
or postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration.
Responses to Task 1 and Task 2 should be written
in an academic, semi-formal/neutral style.
IELTS General Training Writing
In Task 1, you are presented with a situation and are asked to
write a letter requesting information or explaining the situation.
The letter may be personal or semi-formal/neutral in style.
In Task 2, you are asked to write an essay in response to a
point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be slightly
more personal in style than the Academic Writing Task 2 essay.
Topics are of general interest.
IELTS Speaking - Timing 11-14 minutes
Part 1 Introduction and interview (4-5 minutes)
The examiner introduces him/herself and asks you to introduce
yourself and confirm your identity. The examiner asks you
general questions on familiar topics, e.g. home, family, work,
studies and interests.
Part 2 Individual long turn (3-4 minutes)
The examiner gives you a task card which asks you to talk about
a particular topic and which includes points you can cover in your
talk. You are given 1 minute to prepare your talk and are given
a pencil and paper to make notes. You talk for 1-2 minutes on
the topic. The examiner may then ask you one or two questions
on the same topic.
Part 3 Two-way discussion (4-5 minutes)
The examiner asks further questions which are connected
to the topic of Part 2. These questions give you an opportunity
to discuss more abstract issues and ideas.