If you are thinking of studying abroad or migrating for work or as a PR candidate, IELTS is your go-to solution. IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System (IELTS) which is widely approved and accepted by institutions, organizations in both the public and private sectors, all around the globe.

As English is a widely known l anguage,&nbs p;IELTS  as a medium has a global reach to merge the communication barrier. Over 90 countries, accept IELTS as verified English language certification. Although you might have a good command of the English language, most countries still need your English proficiency result so that they get clarification on your comprehension of English if you come from non-English speaking countries.

There are just a few countries that do not need the IELTS test if and only if the candidate belongs from native Englishspeaking countries or in some cases if their previous study was completed in English. If so, is the case the candidate needs written prove which certifies the English fluency.

Now let’s dig more into IELTS tests. Generally. there are two sorts of IELTS tests: Academic IELTS and General Training IELTS. IELTS Academic is for students and professional registrants who are planning to study abroad or for those who are into building their careers abroad and possess very good proficiency in English. Whereas IELTS general is for those who are heading to English speaking countries for secondary education, work experience, or training programs. It is also an obligation for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK. The tests emphasize basic survival skills in broad civil and workplace contexts.

It is important for the candidate to know which type of tests should they take as per their necessity. IELTS Academic is difficult compared to that of IELTS General Training. It is because. Academic IELTS requires students to have an adequate grasp of English. But for IELTS General Training, the candidate requires rudimentary English knowledge. IELTS can either be paper based or comp utter-delivered. Whether you take paper-based or computer-based IELTS, the Test Report Form, content, timing, and structure of the test remain unchanged. The test duration complies with 2 hours 45 minutes for Listening Reading and Writing task which takes place one after the other.

Furthermore, IELTS is divided into 4 sections:

4 Section of International English Language Testing System (IELTS)


The speaking task is conducted in 3 parts:

Part 1

The interviewer asks general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies, and interests. This part lasts between four and five minutes.

Part 2

The interviewer gives a card that asks you to talk about a specific topic. You get one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The interviewer then asks one or two questions on the same topic.

Part 3

The interviewer asks further questions about the topic in Part 2. These will give you the opportunity to talk more about the topic and also put forward your point of view on such issues. This part of the test lasts from four to five minutes


For both Academic and General Training IELTS, the test remains the same. You will hear four recordings of native English speakers then accordingly write your answers to a series of questions.

Recording 1

It includes a conversation between two people in an everyday social context

Recording 2

It includes a monologue in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.

Recording 3

It includes a conversation between up to four people set in an academic or training context, e.g. a university lecturer and a student discussing an assignment.

Recording 4

It includes a monologue on a tutorial subject, e.g. a university lecture. You can hear the recordings only once. The accents range includes British, Australian, New Zealand, American and Canadian accents. The test lasts for 30 minutes and additional 10 minutes are given for the candidates to transfer their final answers to the answer sheet and also rectify the mistakes if necessary. The number of questions is 40, each carrying 1 mark. The task types may include a variety of question types such as multiple choice, matching, plan /map/diagram labeling, form/ note/table/flow chart/summary completion, sentence completion.


For writing task 1 of Academic IELTS, you will be provided with a graph, table, chart, or diagram and asked to describe, summarize, or explain the information in your own words using factual data as indicated within those diagrams. You may be asked to describe and demonstrate data, describe the stages of a process, how something works, or describe an object or event.

Whereas, for task 1 of General Training IELTS, you will be presented with a scenario and asked to write a letter requesting information, or explaining the situation. The letter can be either personal, semiformal, or formal type. It is suggested that you should not spend more than 20 minutes on this task.

For writing task 2 of both Academic and  General Training, you will be asked to write an essay on an argumentized topic where you need to present both sides of arguments constructively and also put your point of view on the same. You can take 40 minutes on this task.


Unlike the speaking and listening tasks, the reading task for Academic and General Training differs slightly. The timing, number of questions, task type, and marking remains unchanged but, the passages, comprehension s are different. It includes three long texts which range from the explanatory and accurate to the lengthy philosophical and logical. These are excerpts from books, journals, magazines, and newspaper s. They have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are suitable for students enrolled in university courses or those seeking professional registration.

Whereas IELTS GT includes extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks, and guidelines. These are materials you are likely to encounter in an everyday English speaking environment.

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