IELTS Test Format

All the test takers are assessed for Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking modules.

Listening, Reading and Writing modules are accomplished on the same day without breaks. Speaking session can be held a week before or after the other test.

Listening and speaking modules are same for both IELTS Academic and General Training.

Test Duration is 2 hours 45 minutes.


It lasts for 30 minutes (10 minutes is answer transfer time) and has 40 questions.

Test takers listen to 4 recordings of native English speakers and mark answers as per their understanding. There are different types of questions such as multiple choice, sentence completion, matching etc.

Reading (Academic)

Academic IELTS reading consists of 40 questions and has duration of 60 minutes.

No extra time is given for transfer of answers.

There are 3 passages in the test attributing to 40 questions. The questions are of many types like, short answer questions, flow charts, labelling diagrams completion, completing summary etc.

Reading (General Training)

The basic format and time duration is same as Reading (Academic). However, the 3 passages in the General Training ascribe to specific topics.

Passage 1 is about ‘Social survival’,

Passage 2 is about ‘workplace survival’ and

Passage 3 is about ‘general reading ‘(prose, complex sentence structure etc.).

Writing (Academic)

This module consists of task 1 and task 2 and has duration of 60 minutes.

In task 1, candidate interprets given visual data in a report of 150-200 words.

In task 2, test takers write an essay on a given topic. The essay must be at least 250 words long.

Writing (General Training)

This also consists of task 1 and task 2 and has same duration (60 minutes). However, task 1 is different from that in Academic.

In General Training Writing task 1 is to write a letter on the topic given to test taker (150 words).


This module can take up to 10-15 minutes and is recorded. It consists of 3 parts:

1.Introductory questions like study, work, family etc.

2.Long speaking turn where test taker will speak for two minutes on a given topic.

3.Follow up questions related to part 2 task.