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IELTS Test Pattern

Ielts Test Format

The IELTS test your abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking modules – in two hour and forty minutes.

There are two types of the IELTS test:  IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. Listening and Speaking are the same for both tests, but Reading and Writing test patterns are different depending on which test you take. There are two registered organizations to conduct test that is BRITISH COUNCIL and IDP.

The Listening, Reading and Writing modules of IELTS tests are completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them.

The Speaking module, however, can be completed up to a week before or after the other tests. Dates will be issued by your test in mail.

The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minute

Test format – Listening

30 minutes

There will be four recordings of English speakers and then write your answers to a series of questions.

  • Recording 1 – a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
  • Recording 2 – a monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.
  • Recording 3 – a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.
  • Recording 4 – a monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.

Testers will be looking for ability to understand the main ideas and detailed factual information, the opinions and attitudes of speakers, the purpose of an utterance and evidence of your ability to follow the development of ideas.

Test format – Reading

60 minutes

The Reading module consists of 40 questions. This includes reading, scanning, skimming and other details. IELTS Academic test – this includes three long passage which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. These are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers.  IELTS General Training test – this includes extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines. These are materials you are likely to encounter on a daily basis in an English-speaking environment.

Test format – Academic Writing

60 minutes

IELTS Academic test

There are two tasks in this.

  • Task 1 – there is a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summaries or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event and build comparisons.
  • Task 2 – you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. Responses to both tasks must be in a formal style. There are specified format that are supposed to be followed in particular manner.

IELTS General Training

Topics are of general interest. There are two tasks:

  • 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 fairly personal in style.

Test format – Speaking

1114 minutes

This test is performed to check your spoken English capabilities.

  • Part 1 – the examiner will ask you general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, art, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between four and five minutes.
  • Part 2 – you will be hand over a cue card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. You will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The examiner will then ask discussion questions on the same topic.
  • Part 3 – you will be asked further questions about the topic in Part 2. These will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issues. This part of the test lasts between four and five minutes.