IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an international test for individuals who want to study, work or live abroad. Today, IELTS test can be accepted by educational institutions, employers, more than 10,000 international institutions and organizations globally.
Academic and General Training
The IELTS test has two different modules: Academic and General Training. Considering your purpose of taking the exam (professional, academic, visa, immigration, etc.), you are expected to choose the most suitable module for your needs.
IELTS Academic is designed for people planning to study in higher education or those seeking professional registration. It assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training in an environment where English is the language used.
However, before registering for any test, it would be best to contact the institution where you will be using your IELTS score, because each institution’s expectations for IELTS differ.
What is the difference between Academic ve General Training?
While the Listening and Speaking sections remain the same in both modules, the topics in the Reading and Writing sections vary depending on the module you prefer. Listening, Reading and Writing sections in all IELTS exams are completed on the same day without break. The Speaking test can be completed a day before or after and on the test day, depending on the decision of you or your test centre. If you need IELTS test for studying or living in the UK, you can find more information about UK immigration and visa procedures on the UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) official site.
IELTS test format
Let’s take a closer look at the sections of the IELTS test, which takes 2 hours 45 minutes in total and is accessible to everyone, almost anywhere in the world.
1 – Listening – 30 minutes
The Listening test, which contains the recordings you will listen to from native speakers and speakers with different accents, takes 30 minutes in total and has total 40 questions with different types. Your IDP IELTS test centers will provide you headphones for Listening section, except in IELTS UKVI tests. You will be given an additional 10 minutes to transfer your answers to an answers sheet in paper based IELTS.
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2 – Reading – 60 minutes
The Reading test, which includes 40 questions with different types from 3 different texts, takes 60 minutes in total. In this section, where your reading skills are tested as well as your understanding and analysis skills, you will want to make sure that you are using the time correctly.
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3 – Writing – 60 minutes
The Writing test, which you have 60-minutes to complete, has 2 parts with topics depending on the module you have chosen. In general, in the first part, you are expected to define a specific chart, diagram, or table with your own words, while in the second part, you are expected to answer a question or problem.
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4 – Speaking – 11-14 minutes
The Speaking test, which measures your speaking skills, lasts about 11-14 minutes, consists of 3 different sections. The speaking test is the same for all IELTS tests (no matter if you take computer-delivered or paper-based), you take your Speaking test face to face with an IELTS examiner. In the first part, you are expected to briefly introduce yourself while in the second part, you are given a short time to prepare about the topics listed on the card given to you and then answer the questions. In the last section, it is expected to provide more detailed answers to questions that will be asked about your chosen topic in a previous section.
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IELTS test results, valid for 2 years, are announced usually after 13 days for paper based test, while the computer delivered IELTS results are announced within 2 to 5 business days.* In IELTS test, where the highest score is 9, the arithmetic average of the scores taken by the candidate in each section helps to calculate the overall band score. If necessary, the average of the score you will get is rounded to a lower or higher score. In addition, full scores as well as half scores are very common in this test (eg 5.5, 6.5, 7.5 etc.).
What if I can’t get the result I want?
First, don’t be disappointed right away. You can take the IELTS test as often as you want. There is no limitation. Also, taking the test a few times can help you gain experience, beat your stress and reach the score you want.
Preparing for an English test doesn’t need to be difficult, or expensive, which is why with IELTS you can access a wider range of official preparation material than any other English test provider. Take a look through the official IDP Education IELTS preparation materials.
If you feel that your test performance is not reflected in the score you received, you can request an IELTS review of your score (also called Enquiry on Result). Contact the Test Centre where you sat your test to ask about this process, send an email or chat with us.
*Your results may be subject to a second check by Cambridge Assessment English, in which case it may take more than 13 days for your results to be announced.