IELTS Academic Training & General Training

Test Format Details

IELTS is available in two test formats: Academic or General. There are four parts – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.


Listening section lasts 30 minutes. You’ll hear four varied recordings, encompassing a variety of accents and types of conversation. You’ll then need to fill out a series of questions. Each conversation will only be played once.


Reading test lasts 60 minutes. This section is composed of authentic texts and excerpts from a variety of mediums: books, newspapers, magazines and journals. You’ll be asked to fill out 40 questions based on these readings.


Writing is split into two modules. First, you’ll be asked to explain something you see. Then, you’ll need to respond to a  prompt, showcasing your ability to provide opinions and develop sound arguments in English.


Speaking can be completed any time from a week before to a week after the test. You also have the option to complete it on the same day as the other three sections; these details will be worked out when you register.