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Test day Format

There are 2 types of IELTS Tests, the Academic and the General Training module.

IELTS Academic

IELTS Academic is for people planning to study in higher education or seeking professional registration. It assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training in an environment where English is the language used.

IELTS General Training

IELTS General Training focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts. It is typically for those who are going to English-speaking countries to do secondary education, work experience or training programs. People migrating to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK must take the General Training test’.

There are four parts to the test; Listening, Reading and Writing take place in the morning and Speaking takes place in the afternoon.

Although the speaking test is less than 15 minutes long your speaking slot may not come up until late afternoon so please be prepared to come for the whole day.

  • Listening: 4 sections, 40 items (30 minutes)
  • Reading: 3 sections, 40 items (60 minutes)
  • Writing: 2 tasks (150 and 250 words) (60 minutes)
  • Speaking: (11 -14 minutes)

Although you can take an IELTS test as many times as you like (as long as you pay for it) it is advisable to get some help and practice before you take the test.

On line Preparation

Please visit  www.takeielts.britishcouncil.org for all your preparation needs including The Road to IELTS which offers up to 120 hours of practice materials.

IELTS resources can also be found at www.cambridgeesol.org/teach/ielts and www.ielts-exam.net

Off line preparation

You can purchase materials and practice tests from the IELTS web site at www.ielts.org

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