The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assesses the English language proficiency of people who want to study or work in English-speaking environments. There are two main tests. Test takers can choose either Academic or General Training tests. Both tests consist of four separate sections, assessing the four language skills – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. IELTS results are reported on a 9-band scale designed to be simple and easy to understand. This scale has remained consistent and has acquired currency around the world over the past three decades.

  • Over 10,000 organisations in over 140 countries recognise and use IELTS for selection purposes
  • IELTS is offered at over 1,600 test locations worldwide
  • Test questions are developed by testing specialists in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US
  • Test questions are based on authentic materials sourced from all over the world


Test takers can choose between IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training, depending on their academic or professional aspirations, or visa requirements.

Listening 30 minutes

Test takers listen to four recorded texts, monologues and conversations by a range of native speakers, and write their answers to a series of questions.

Reading 60 minutes

The Academic test includes three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. The texts are authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers and are on academic topics of general interest. All have been selected for a non-specialist audience.

The General Training test requires test takers to read extracts from newspapers, advertisements, instruction manuals and books. These are materials test takers could encounter on a daily basis in an English speaking country.

Writing 60 minutes

The Academic test includes two tasks. Topics are selected to be of general interest and suitable for test takers entering undergraduate or postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration.

The General Training test also includes two tasks, and is based on topics of general interest.

Speaking 11–14 minutes

The Speaking test is carried out face-to-face with a trained IELTS examiner, as we believe this is the most effective way of assessing a test taker’s speaking skills. This section takes between 11 and 14 minutes to complete. Every test is digitally recorded. 

Paper-based IELTS

This test requires test takers to sit at a desk with the question papers and answer sheets for the Listening,

Reading and Writing tests in an official IELTS test centre. Test takers will write their answers in either pen or HB-pencil.

Computer-delivered IELTS

This test requires test takers to sit the Listening, Reading and Writing tests in front of a computer with the questions presented on the screen in an official IELTS test centre.

The test takers then submit their answers through the use of a keyboard and a mouse. The Speaking test is not on computer and is carried out face-to-face with a trained IELTS examiner.

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