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Academic or General Training

There are two types of the IELTS test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training

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Which test is best for me?

IELTS Academic

IELTS Academic is designed for people planning to study in higher education or those seeking professional registration. It assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training in an environment where English is the language used.

If you're planning to move overseas to an English speaking country and are seeking professional registration, it is likely that you will be asked to provide evidence of your English language ability. IELTS results are accepted by many professional associations that have set minimum language requirements. Most of these associations request an IELTS Academic result, but it is a good idea to contact the organisation to confirm.

IELTS General Training

IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. It is appropriate for those planning to study in high school or a vocational training program.

People migrating to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK must take the IELTS General Training test.


Test differences

The IELTS test assesses your abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking.

The Listening and Speaking tests are the same for both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. However the Reading and Writing tests are different.

Find out more about the IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training test format.