There are two types of IELTS test:

  • Academic IELTS: used mainly for entry to university, to join a professional organisation in an English-speaking country and for visa purposes
  • General Training IELTS: used mainly for people wanting to work or undertake work-related training in an English-speaking country or to emigrate to an English-speaking country
  • Both are graded in exactly the same way
  • My-iTeacher IELTS is aimed at ACADEMIC IELTS
  • The listening and speaking tests are the same for both types of IELTS

Format of the Academic IELTS test:

  • You will take the first three parts of the test all on one day in the following order: Listening, Reading, and then Writing. There are no breaks between the first three tests.
  • You will take the Speaking test either on the same day, or 7 days before or after that, depending on local arrangements.
  • A range of native-speaker accents (North American, Australian, New Zealand and British) is used in the Listening test.

IELTS Academic

IELTS Academic measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment. The tasks and tests are accessible to all test takers, irrespective of their subject focus.

Listening* (30 minutes, plus 10 minutes extra to transfer your answer to your answer sheet)

  • Four recorded monologues and conversations

Reading (60 minutes)

  • Three long reading passages with tasks
  • Texts range from descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical
  • includes non-verbal material such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations
  • Texts are authentic (e.g. taken from books, journals and newspapers)

Writing (60 Minutes)

  • Writing Task1 of at least 150 words describing a graph, chart or diagram
  • Writing Task 2 of at least 250 words on a short essay question

Speaking* (11 to 14 minutes)

  • Face to face interview
  • Includes short questions, speaking at length about a familiar topic and a structured discussion

IELTS General Training

IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and tests reflect both workplace and social situations.

Listening* (30 minutes, plus 10 minutes extra to transfer your answer to your answer sheet)

  • Four recorded monologues and conversations

Reading (60 minutes)

  • Three reading passages with tasks
  • Texts range from descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical
  • includes non-verbal material such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations
  • Texts are authentic (e.g. taken from company handbooks, official documents, books and newspapers)

Writing (60 minutes)

  • Letter writing task of at least 150 words
  • Short essay task of at least 250 words

Speaking (11 to 14 minutes)

  • Face-to-face interview
  • Includes short questions, speaking at length about a familiar topic and a structured discussion

Here is some good advice and further information about the test from the British Council: Information for Candidates

Source: BritishCouncil.org