The listening component is the same for both versions of IELTS (Academic and General Training) .There are four parts. You will hear the recording only once. A variety of voices and native speaker accents is used.

Section 1: a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context (e.g. a conversation about accommodation).

Section 2: a monologue set in an   everyday social context (e.g. a speech about local facilities or about arrangements for meals during a conference).

Section 3: a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context (e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment or a group of people planning a project)

Section 4: a talk (e.g. a university lecture)


There are three sections, each containing one long text.

The texts are all real and 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 which means you do not need specialist knowledge to do well. The texts are appropriate to, and accessible to, candidates entering undergraduate or postgraduate courses or seeking professional registrations. Texts range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. Texts may contain non- verbal materials such as diagrams, graphs, or illustrations. If texts contain technical terms, then a simple glossary is provided.



There are three sections.

Section 1: contains two or three short factual texts, one of which may be composite (consisting of 6-8 short texts related by topic, e.g. hotel advertisements). Topics are related to everyday life in an English speaking country.

Section 2: contains two short factual l texts focusing on work-related issues (e.g. applying for jobs, company policies, pay and conditions, workplace facilities staff development and training).

Section 3: contains one longer, more complex text on a topic of general interest.

You’ll be reading real passages taken from notices, adverts, company handbooks, official documents books, magazines and newspapers.

SPEAKING TEST FORMAT (11-14 minutes)

The speaking component is the same for both versions of IELTS (Academic and General Training). There are three parts. The test is recorded.

PART 1: Introduction and interview (4-5 minutes)

The examiner introduces yourself and confirm you identity. The examiner asks you general questions on familiar topics, (e.g. family, work, studies and interests)

PART 2: Individual long turn (3-4 minutes)

The examiner gives you a task card which asks you to talk about a particular topic and which includes points you can cover in your talk. You area given one minute to prepare your talk, and you are given a pencil and paper to make notes. You talk for one to two minutes on the topic. The examiner then asks you one or two questions on the same topic.

PART 3: Two-way discussion (4-5 minutes)

The examiner asks further questions which are connected to the topic of PART 2. This gives you an opportunity to discuss more.


There are two parts. Responses to task 1 and task2 should be written in a formal style.

Task 1: You are presented with a graph, table or diagram and asked to summarize and report the information in your own words. You may be asked to select and compare data, describe an object or how something works.

Task 2: You are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. Task 2 contributes twice as much as task 1 to the writing score.

Topics of general interests to, suitable for and easily understood by candidates entering undergraduate/postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration.



There are two parts.

Task 1: You are presented with a situation and are asked to write a letter requesting information or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style.

Task 2: you are asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be less formal in style with a more personal response than the Academic Writing Task 2 essay. Task 2 contributes twice as much as task 1 to the Writing score.

Topics are of general interest.