IELTS stands for International English Language Testing System, which is a high-stake, world recognised test aimed at those who already have a strong working command of language.

There are TWO versions: GENERAL and ACADEMIC


  • For higher education and professional registration

General training

  • For those who want to migrate to Australia, Canada and The UK
  • Application for secondary education
  • Training programmes and work experiences in an English speaking environment

Teaching and assessment cover the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.



Listening (40 minutes)

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.

Recoding 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.

Recoding 4: a monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture

Speaking (11-14 minutes)

Part 1

The examiner will ask the candidate general questions about the candidate him/herself and a range of familiar topics, such s home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between four and five minutes.

Part 2

The candidate will be given a card which asks the candidate to talk about a particular topic. The candidate will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic.


Test format: 3 x tests each between 700 – 1000 words in length.

These tests are designed to assess a wide range of reading skills, including:

  • reading for gist
  • reading for main ideas
  • reading for detail
  • skimming
  • understanding logical argument
  • recognising writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose

Type of assessment method:

§  Multi-choice questions

§  Short Answer

§  True / False / Not Given

§  Sentence Completion

§  Yes / No / Not Given

§  Diagram / Flow / Chart Completion

§  Table / Note Completion

§  Matching Sentences Ending

§  Matching Headings


Writing (60 minutes)

Task 1

The candidate will be presented with a graph, table chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in the candidate’s own words. The candidate may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.

Task 2

The candidate will be asked to write an essay

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