IELTS Test comprises of four modules :
All the candidates will be taking the same Listening and Speaking Modules. There is a choice between Academic and General Training in the Reading and Writing Modules. The format of the test is as under.
In this Listening section, 4 Sections and 40 items should be answered in 30 Minutes
The two sections under this Reading test are:
IELTS General Training Reading Section: 3 Sections & 40 items should be answered in 60 Minutes
IELTS Academic Reading Section: 3 Sections & 40 items should be answered 60 Minutes
There is a choice between Academic and General Training in the Reading Module.
The two sections under this Writing test are:
IELTS General Training Writing Section: 2 tasks (150 and 250 words) to be answered in 60 Minutes
IELTS Academic Writing Section: 2 Tasks (150 and 250 words) to be answered in 60 Minutes
There is a choice between Academic and General Training in the Writing Module.
This section's duration is 11 to 14 Minutes
Total Test Duration of IELTS Exam is 2 hours 45 minutes. The first three modules - Listening, Reading and Writing - must be completed in one day. The Speaking Module may be taken, at the discretion of the test centre, in the period seven days before or after the other Modules. The tests are designed to cover the full range of ability from non-user to expert user.
The Academic Reading and Writing Modules assess whether a candidate is ready to study or work in the medium of English at an undergraduate, postgraduate or professional level. The General Training Reading and Writing Modules are not designed to test the full range of formal language skills required for academic purposes, but emphasize basic survival skills in a broad social and educational context.
General Training is suitable for candidates who are going to English speaking countries to complete their secondary education, to undertake work experience or training programmes not at degree level, or for immigration purposes to Australia, Canada and New Zealand. It is the responsibility of the candidates to inform the test centre whether they wish to take the Academic or General Training Modules. Centers are not responsible for providing this information.