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IELTS Academic or General Test

IELTS - Academic or General

The first question to ask when you discover that you have to do the IELTS exam is:

"Which version of IELTS should I take? The Academic version or the General?"

This is important because the scores are not interchangeable so there is no point in the study to appear for wrong examination . We encourage you to find out specifically in your case, what version of the exam you need to do, based on the requirements of your host institution.

The Academic IELTS test is the most advanced. This version is generally used to determine whether applicants are eligible to enroll in undergraduate programs and postgraduate students where English is the medium of instruction.

General IELTS test is the simplest. It focuses on basic English skills in social and educational enviorments. It is generally requested for candidates who are applying for immigration, working in certain professions, or studying at a non-degree level.

The simple chart below shows the main similarities and differences in the General and Academic IELTS.:

Same
Different


Listening Module


Reading Module


Speaking Module


Writing Module

 

The chart below shows the difference between two moduels:


General Reading

Types of Exercises:

  • Texts from advertisements, newspapers, instruction manuals, notices, leaflets, timetables, books & magazine

  • Texts become progressively harder

Details:

    • 3 Sections
    • 40 Items
    • 60 minutes


Academic Reading

Types of Exercises:

  • General, non-specialist & academic tex

  • Texts become progressively harder


 

Details:

    • 3 Sections
    • 40 Items
    • 60 minutes


General Writing

Types of Exercises:

    • 2 Tasks

- 1 letter (150 words)

- 1 essay (250 words)

 

Details:

  • 60 minutes


Academic Writing

Types of Exercises:

    • 2 Tasks

-1 descriptive report, based on a graphic (150 words)

-1 essay (250 words)

Details:

  • 60 minutes

 

The detailed chart below shows the requirements of each version of the IELTS exam.

Listening(Same test for Academic and General Versions)Types of Questions:

  • multiple choice
  • short answer
  • sentence completion
  • notes / diagrams / flow chart completion
Details:
  • 4 Sections
  • 40 Items
  • 30 minutes

Speaking

(Same test for Academic and General Versions)

Live, oral interview of about 11-14 minutes with an examiner.

Details:

3 sections

Section 1 – Candidate asked personal information, like at first meeting

Section 2 – Candidate delivers monologue of 1-2 minutes on given subject

Section 3 – Candidate answers more advanced questions to expand on Section 2