What is the difference between IELTS Academic and General

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How are the two tests different?

IELTS Listening and Speaking tests are the same for both tests. IELTS Reading and Writing are different. Find out more about the format of each test.

General Training

Speaking

11-14 mins

Face-to-face interview without disruptions or distractions. Structured discussion on a familiar topic.

Reading

60 mins

5-6 texts taken from notices, advertisements, company handbooks, offical documents, books and newspapers

Writing

60 mins

Write a letter (150 words) Short Essay (250 words). Semi-formal style.

Listening

30 mins

4 sections, each with 10 questions. The first two deal with everyday social contexts. Section 3 & 4 deal with educational and training contexts.

Academic

Speaking

11-14 mins

Face-to-face interview without disruptions or distractions. Structured discussion on a familiar topic.

Reading

60 mins

3 long texts taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. Selected for a non-specialist audience.

Writing

60 mins

Describe a table, chart or diagram (150 words) Short Essay (250 words). Formal style.

Listening

30 mins

4 sections, each with 10 questions. The first two deal with everyday social contexts. Section 3 & 4 deal with educational and training contexts.

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