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Academic Reading test
The IELTS Academic Reading test includes three long texts, ranging from descriptive and factual to discursive and analytical. They are authentic texts from books, journals, magazines and newspapers selected for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for people entering university courses or seeking professional registration.
Academic Writing test
Duration: 60 minutes
The IELTS Academic Writing test comprises two tasks covering topics related to areas of general interest. They are suitable for test takers entering university courses or seeking professional registration for their professional practice. Your written responses must be formal.
You describe, summarise or explain the information in a graph, table, chart or diagram in your own words. You may also describe and present data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or an object, plan or design.
You will write an essay responding to a point of view, argument or problem and support your point of view with relevant examples from your knowledge and experience.
General Training Writing test
Duration: 60 minutes
The General Training Writing test includes two tasks based on topics of general interest.
You will write a letter requesting information on a situation or explaining the situation in a personal, semi-formal or formal style.
You will write an essay responding to a point of view, argument or problem in this test segment. The essay’s style can be more personal than an IELTS Academic Writing task. You will support your point of view with relevant examples from your knowledge and experience.
General Training Reading test
The IELTS General Training Reading test requires you to read extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines. These are materials you are likely to encounter daily in an English-speaking environment. There are three parts to the test, with Part 1 containing two to three short texts, Part 2 containing two texts and Part 3 containing one longer text.
IELTS Listening test
Duration: 30 minutes
The IELTS Listening test is the same for the IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training tests. You will answer 40 questions in response to four recordings.
You will listen to four recordings, a mix of monologues and conversations from a range of native speakers, and you will only hear each recording once. There are 10 questions for each part of the IELTS Listening test.
These questions test your ability to understand:
Main ideas and detailed factual information
The opinions and attitudes of speakers
The purpose of an utterance
The ability to follow the development of ideas.
Listening part details:
Recording 1 A conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
Recording 2 A monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.
Recording 3 A conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.
Recording 4 A monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.
IELTS Speaking test
Duration: 11 to 14 minutes
The IELTS Speaking test assesses your use of spoken English. It will last between 11 and 14 minutes, and you will discuss various topics in a quiet room with an IELTS examiner who will encourage you to keep speaking. Unlike an AI test, an IELTS examiner can make you feel relaxed and confident. They can also understand your accent to ensure you get the best possible score. There are 3 parts to the Speaking test you can practise for.
The examiner will ask you general questions about yourself and various familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between 4 and 5 minutes.
You will receive a task card, and the IELTS examiner will ask you to discuss a topic. You will have 1 minute to practise and prepare before speaking for up to 2 minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic to finish this part of the test.
You will be asked further questions connected to the topic in Part 2. These questions will allow you to discuss more abstract ideas and issues. This part of the IELTS test lasts between 4 and 5 minutes.
Tips and techniques for effective IELTS practice
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