The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test of English proficiency that is accepted by most government organizations, colleges and universities for admission purpose. IELTS has two modules: Academic and General Training. Academic Module is for students seeking entry to a university or institution to pursue their higher education in English medium whereas, General Training Module is mostly take by individuals for immigration purpose. Also, the professionals seeking a job in an English speaking country are normally advised to General Training Module.
The test taker needs to answer approximately 40 questions in approximately 30 minutes. However, as separate time is not given to the students to answer the questions, they are required to write their answers in question paper itself. Thus, they are given ten minutes time to transfer the answers from the question paper to the answer sheet.
This section is perhaps the most difficult section in the IELTS. The section contains three passages, each of which is with approximately 12 – 14 questions. You are given 60 minutes time to answer the forty questions. The difficulty faced by the students is primarily because of variety of questions and the specific ways in which they are to be answered.
This section consists of two tasks. The Academic and General Training variants of IELTS differ slightly here. For academic training students, the first task is report-writing whereas for general training students, the first task is a letter writing task. In both cases, the second task is a general essay which is to be written basing on your knowledge and experience. However, the topics in academic module are likely to be academically oriented, but the general essay for general training module are usually of general interest.
The speaking module of IELTS is a personal interview. A qualified and trained examiner will interview you for 11-15 minutes time and allocates some score basing on your performance. The first part of the speaking test is likely to be about topics familiar to you and the later question are mostly analysis-based with a bent towards abstract topics.
Total Test Duration: 2 hours 45 minutes