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What is IELTS?

The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS, is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers. It is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP, IELTS Australia, and Cambridge Assessment English


There are two modules of the IELTS:

  1. Academic Module 
  2. General Training Module

The best test for you will depend on whether you want to study or work in the country you have chosen.
If you’re unsure about which IELTS test to take, here are some important differences to consider.

IELTS Academic: This test is designed for those who want to study at a university or college or for professional registration in an English-speaking country. It focuses on academic language skills and assesses your ability to understand and use complex academic vocabulary and texts.

IELTS General Training: This test is suitable for those who are planning to migrate to an English-speaking country for work experience, training programs, or secondary education. It evaluates your ability to communicate effectively in everyday social and workplace situations.

These tests differ in their focus and purpose, so it’s important to choose the one that aligns with your specific goals.

The parts of the IELTS Test

  • Listening: 30 minutes (Plus 10 minutes of transfer time)
  • Reading: 60 minutes
  • Writing: 60 minutes
  • Speaking: 11–14 minutes

The test total time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Listening, Reading, and Writing are completed in one sitting. The Speaking test may be taken on the same day or up to seven days before or after the other tests.

All test takers take the same Listening and speaking tests, while the Reading and Writing tests differ depending on whether the test taker is taking the Academic or General Training versions of the test.

Where can the IELTS exam take you?

Australia, the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Ireland.