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Which test is best for me – IELTS Academic or General Training?

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 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.

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.