IELTS GENERAL

IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context.


You may take IELTS General Training if you want to:
  • Study or train in secondary education.
  • Study or train at a college or training centre below degree level.
  • Migrate to an English speaking country.

This Test consists of four sections:
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking

Test Format:

Reading (60 Minutes)

The Reading component consists of 40 questions. A variety of question types is used in order to test a wide range of reading skills. These including reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument, recognising writers' opinions, attitudes and purpose.

Writing (60 Minutes)

Task 1:
You will be presented with a situation and asked to write a letter requesting information, or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style.

Task 2:
You will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be slightly more personal in style than the Academic Writing Task 2 essay.

Listening (30 Minutes)

You will listen to four recorded texts, monologues and conversations by a range of native speakers, and write your answers to a series of questions.

Speaking (10-15 Minutes)

Speaking consists of 3 sections-
- The Examiner will ask you general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests.
- You will be given a card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. You will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes.
- You will be asked further questions connected to the topic in Part 2. These questions will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issue.
Every test is recorded.