The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration, with over 3 million tests taken in the last year.
It is available in two versions:
Academic: For students pursuing higher education in overseas destinations.
General: For those migrating for Immigration (Permanent Residency)
However, all candidates do the same Listening and Speaking sections for Academic and General Versions.
Major difference in IELTS compared to its other two rival tests (TOEFL & PTE) is that it is paper-based exam.
Each section and Overall score are scored out of 9 Bands.
IELTS has four sections:
Listening : 4 sections, 40 questions, 30 minutes (Plus 10 min transfer time),
Speaking : Personal interview, 11-14 minutes
Reading – Different for Academic or General Training – 3 sections, 40 questions, 60 minutes
Writing – Different for Academic or General Training – 2 pieces of writing, 60 minutes
The test total time is: 2 hours and 55 minutes.
Listening, Reading and Writing are completed in one sitting. The Speaking test may be taken on the same day or up to seven days before or after the other tests.