A quick look at the IELTS test types

Six types of IELTS are currently available in Taiwan: IELTS Academic, IELTS General Training, IELTS Academic for UKVI, IELTS General Training for UKVI, IELTS Life Skills A1, and IELTS Life Skills B1.

They are designed differently to better test your English ability based on different use cases (study, work or migration) or to meeting specific country (UK or non-UK) and visa (A1 or B1) application requirements.

Please refer to the table below for more details:

Test TypePurposeListeningReadingWritingSpeaking
IELTS AcademicHigher educationVVVV
IELTS General TrainingWork & Immigration (Except for the UK)VVVV
IELTS Academic for UKVIHigher education in the UKVVVV
IELTS General Training for UKVIWork & Immigration (For the UK)VVVV
IELTS Life Skills A1UK Visa for Spouse/FamilyVV
IELTS Life Skills B1UK Visa for Work, Short-term StayVV

Test parts and how they vary for different test types

Both IELTS and IELTS for UKVI consists of four test parts: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, and are available in Academic or General Training modules.

Listening and Speaking question types are the same for Academic and General Training. However, Reading and Writing use different question types.

For both IELTS Life Skill A1 and B2, only Listening and Speaking are tested.

Listening

  • Approximately 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes’ transfer time)

  • There are 40 questions. A variety of question types are used: multiple choice, matching, sentence completion, short-answer questions… etc.

  • There are 4 sections:

    • Section 1 & 2 are set in an everyday social context.

    • Section 3 & 4 are set in an educational, training or academic context.

Listening question types

Reading

  • 60 minutes (no extra transfer time)

  • Two modules: Academic or General Training

  • There are 40 questions. A variety of question types are used: multiple choice, identifying information, summary completion, identifying a writer’s views/claims… etc.

  • There are 3 sections. The total text length is 2,150-2,750 words.

Question types in the Academic Reading test

Question types in the General Training Reading test

Writing

  • 60 minutes

  • Two modules: Academic or General Training

  • There are 2 tasks. Candidates are required to write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2.

Question types in the IELTS Academic Writing test

Question types in the IELTS General Training Writing test

Speaking

  • 11-14 minutes

  • There are 3 parts:

    • Part 1: Introduction and interview (4-5 minutes)

    • Part 2: Individual long turn (3-4 minutes)

    • Part 3: Two-way discussion (4-5 minutes)

Question types in the IELTS Speaking test