IELTS (International English Language Testing System)

Test format

In IELTS, there are four papers: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. There are two different IELTS modules: Academic and General Training. The Speaking and Listening tests are the same in both modules, but the Reading and Writing tests are different.

Academic module

Choose this if you wish to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, or if you are seeking professional registration, e.g. doctors and nurses. Find out what’s in the IELTS Academic module.

General Training module

Choose this if you wish to migrate to an English-speaking country, (e.g. Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK) or if you wish to train or study at below degree level. Find out what’s in the IELTS General Training module.


What's in the exam?

Paper

Content

Time

Listening

40 questions

Approximately 30 minutes (plus 10 minutes’ transfer time)

Reading

40 questions

60 minutes

Writing

2 tasks

60 minutes

Speaking

3 parts

11–14 minutes