In the Speaking Practice Test, you will marked by a certified examiner. It is interactive and as close to a real-life situation as a test can get.
The test is 11 – 14 minutes long with three parts.
In Part 1, you answer questions about yourself, your family, your work and your interests.
In Part 2, you speak about a topic. You will be given a task card which asks you to speak about a particular topic and includes points that you can cover in your talk. You will be given 1 minute to prepare your talk. You will then speak for 1-2 minutes.
In Part 3, you have a longer discussion on the topic. The examiner will ask you further questions connected to the topic in Part 2.
The Speaking test is the same for both Academic and General Training IELTS tests.
The Academic Reading test is 60 minutes long.
There are 3 sections. The total text length is 2,150 – 2,750 words.
Each section contains one long text.
These texts are authentic, taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been written for a non-specialist audience, and are on academic topics of general interest.
The texts are also appropriate and accessible for candidates entering undergraduate or postgraduate courses, or seeking professional registration.
The texts range from descriptive and factual to discursive and analytical, and may contain non-verbal materials such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations.
If the text contain technicalterms, a simple glossary is provided.
The Academic Writing test is 60 minutes long.
There are two tasks. Candidates are required to write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2. Both responses should be written in a formal style.
IELTS Academic Task 1
You will be given some visual information, such as a graph, table, chart or diagram, and asked to describe it in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works, or write about an object or event. The first task requires you to write 150 words in approximately 20 minutes.
IELTS Academic Task 2
You will be presented with a point of view, argument or problem, and tested on your ability to discuss the topic, identify possible solutions, and support your argument in an academic- style essay. The second task requires you to write 250 words in approximately 40 minutes.
The Listening test is 30 minutes long (plus 10 minutes transfer time) and covers four separate recordings. The Listening test is the same for both Academic and General Training tests.
There are four sections:
Section 1 is a conversation between two people set in an everyday context (e.g: a conversation in an accommodation agency).
Section 2 is a monologue set in an everyday social context (e.g: a speech about local families).
Section 3 is a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context (e.g: a university tutor and student discussing an assignment).
Section 4 is a monologue on an academic subject.