IELTS Academic and General Training
International English Language Testing System is intended to assess the English language proficiency of non-native English speakers who want to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. IELTS is accepted in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the UK, the USA, and other countries by over 10,000 organizations globally. It is also recognized by other professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies. Every year, more than 2 million people take this test.
Different sections in IELTS
IELTS test consists of four sections: IELTS Listening, IELTS Reading, IELTS Writing, and IELTS Speaking. The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes. The Listening, Reading, and Writing tests are taken together but the speaking test may either be on the same day or after or before other tests.
There are two types of tests in IELTS, depending on what you choose. If you choose to migrate to an English speaking country, then you must take a general training test and for academic and study abroad purposes you must choose to take an academic test.
The IELTS Academic Test focuses on English language proficiency needed for an academic, and better learning environment. This test is not subject-focused and accessible to all test takers.
General Training Test focuses on English Language proficiency you need in work or training in an English-speaking country, or if you have decided to migrate to an English-speaking country, such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand or any other countries. And that is the reason that the tests’ sections are slightly different in both the types of IELTS test.
In the Reading section of the IELTS Academic exam you will have to read three longer and more complex texts than the four or five shorter and easier texts in the IELTS General Training Test. It is 1 hour long in both cases though.
In the Writing section of the IELTS Academic test, you will have 20 minutes for a 150-word limit report writing where you will have any one of the six kinds of diagrams (pie-chart, bar-graph, table, line-graph, map, and process). In the IELTS General Training Test, the time and word limit would be the same and you need to write a letter on a given real-life situation. IELTS examiners look for three important aspects: content, vocabulary, and fluency.
The Speaking section is the same for both the type of tests and has three parts and lasts for 11 to 14 minutes. Here, the candidate has a one-to-one conversation with the examiner which is recorded.
The Listening section too is similar in both IELTS tests, and is divided into four parts. You will listen to audios, in 1st and 3rd audio you will have conversations and in 2nd and 4th audio, you will hear monologues. Then you need to answer questions based on the audios.
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