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IELTS Test Format & Skills

The IELTS test assesses your listening, reading, writing and speaking skills - in less than three hours.

There are two types of IELTS: Academic and General training. Listening and speaking are the same for both tests, but the subject of the reading and writing sections will differ depending on which test you are taking.

The listening, reading and writing test parts of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day without interruptions.

However, the Speaking test section can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests.

Overall, the test lasts 2 hours and 45 minutes.

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IELTS Academic

Test Section - IELTS Academic Listening (30 minutes)

You will hear four recordings by native English speakers and answer a number of questions.

  • Recording 1 - A conversation between two people in an everyday context.
  • Recording 2 - A monologue in an everyday situation, e.g. a speech about local infrastructures.
  • Recording 3 - A conversation between up to four people in an educational setting, e.g. a university teacher and a student discussing a task.
  • Recording 4 - A monologue on an academic topic, e.g. a university lecture.

The examiners will check that key statements and detailed factual information, opinions and attitudes, the purpose of a statement are understood and assess your ability to follow the development of what is spoken.

Test section - IELTS Academic Reading

60 minutes

The Reading test section contains 40 questions designed to test a wide range of reading skills. This includes reading for the essentials, reading for main ideas, reading for details, skimming, understanding logical arguments and recognizing the opinions, attitudes and goals of the authors.

The IELTS Academic Test contains three long texts, which range from descriptive and fact-based to discursive and analytical. The texts come from books, journals, magazines and journals. They were selected for a non-specialized readership and are therefore appropriate for people who want to enter the university or have other professional training.

Test section - IELTS Academic Writing

60 minutes

The subjects of the writing test section are aimed at people who want to enroll in Bachelor or Master programs. The section includes two tasks:

  • Task 1 - You will be given a table, infographic or diagram and tasked with describing, summarizing or explaining the information in your own words. For example, you can be asked to explain data, describe process steps or show how something works.
  • Task 2 - You will be asked to write an essay that responds to a starting point, problem, or opinion. The answers to both tasks must be formally written.

Test section - IELTS Academic Speaking

11-14 minutes

The speaking test section tests your spoken English skills. Every test is recorded.

  • Part 1 - The examiner asks you general questions about yourself and a number of familiar questions about topics such as home, family, work, study, or interests. This section lasts between four and five minutes.
  • Part 2 - You will be given a card with a specific topic to talk about. You have one minute to prepare and then up to two minutes to present the topic. The examiner will then ask you one or two questions on the same topic.
  • Part 3 - You will be asked more questions about the topic of the second part. This gives you the opportunity to discuss further abstract ideas and challenges. This part takes between four and five minutes.

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IELTS General Training

Test Section - IELTS General Training Listening

30 minutes

You will hear four recordings by native English speakers and answer a number of questions.

  • Recording 1 - A conversation between two people in an everyday context.
  • Recording 2 - A monologue in an everyday situation, e.g. a speech about local infrastructures.
  • Recording 3 - A conversation between up to four people in an educational setting, e.g. a university teacher and a student discussing a task.
  • Recording 4 - A monologue on an academic topic, e.g. a university lecture.

The examiners will check that key statements and detailed factual information, opinions and attitudes, the purpose of a statement are understood and assess your ability to follow the development of what is spoken.

Test section - IELTS General Training Reading

60 minutes

The reading test section contains 40 questions designed to test a wide range of reading skills. This includes reading for the essentials, reading for main ideas, reading for details, skimming, understanding logical arguments and recognizing the opinions, attitudes and goals of the authors.

The IELTS General Training Test includes excerpts from books, magazines, newspapers, notes, advertisements, company manuals or guidelines. These are all scriptures that you can respond to in everyday life in the English-speaking area.

Test Section - IELTS General Training Writing

60 minutes

The topics are kept general here. The section consists of two tasks:

  • Task 1 - You are made familiar with a situation and then you have to write a letter asking for information or explaining a situation. The letter can be written personally, formally or semi-formally.
  • Task 2 - You will be asked to write an essay that responds to a starting point, problem, or opinion. The essay can be written personally.

Test section - IELTS General Training Speaking

11-14 minutes

The speaking test section tests your spoken English skills. Every test is recorded.

  • Part 1 - The examiner asks you general questions about yourself and a number of familiar questions about topics such as home, family, work, study or interests. This section lasts between four and five minutes.
  • Part 2 - You will be given a card with a specific topic that you need to talk about. You have one minute to prepare and then up to two minutes to present the topic. The examiner will then ask you one or two questions on the same topic.
  • Part 3 - You will be asked more questions about the topic of the second part. This gives you the opportunity to discuss further abstract ideas and challenges. This part takes between four and five minutes.

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