IELTS Test Format


Why IELTS


IELTS is the International English Language Testing System that tests English proficiency skills of the candidates all over the world. Citizens of non-English speaking countries who wish to study, live or work in English speaking countries must appear IELTS and achieve a minimum band score in the test.


IELTS Academic Test Sections

(For Study purpose)

Section Time Limit Questions Task
Listening* 30 minutes 42 questions Four recorded monologues and conversations.
Reading 60 minutes 42 questions The passages are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been written for a non-specialist audience and are on academic topics of general interest.
Writing 20 minutes Task-1 Writing task of at least 150 words where the test taker must summarise, describe or explain a table, graph, chart or diagram
Writing 40 minutes Tasks-2 Short essay task of at least 250 words.
Speaking 11-14 minutes Face-to-face interview Includes short questions, speaking at length about a familiar topic and a structured decision.

Listening* (30 minutes, plus 10 minutes extra to transfer your answer to your answer sheet)


IELTS General Test Sections

(For Immigration purpose)

Section Time Limit Questions Task
Listening* 30 minutes 40 questions Four recorded monologues and conversations.
Reading 60 minutes 40 questions The texts used in each section are taken from notices, advertisements, company handbooks, official documents, books, magazines, and newspapers.
Writing 20 minutes Task-1 Letter Writing:You can write the letter in a personal, semi-formal or formal style in 150 words.
Writing 40 minutes Tasks-2 Short essay task of at least 250 words.
Speaking 11-14 minutes Face-to-face interview Includes short questions, speaking at length about a familiar topic and a structured decision.

Listening* (30 minutes, plus 10 minutes extra to transfer your answer to your answer sheet)

*Listening and Speaking sections are the same for both versions of the test


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