IELTS is available in two test formats

IELTS is available in two test formats: Academic or General Training. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking modules in both formats but different Reading and Writing modules depending on the format of the test.

IELTS - Academic
Academic Reading and Writing Modules assess whether a candidate is ready to study or train in the medium of English at an undergraduate or postgraduate level. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of these modules.

IELTS - General Training
The General Training Reading and Writing modules are not designed to test the full range of formal language skills required for academic purposes, but emphasise basic survival skills in a broad social and educational context. General Training is suitable for candidates who are going to English speaking countries to complete their secondary education, to undertake work experience or training programmes not at a degree level, or for immigration purposes to Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Listening, Reading and Writing must be completed in one day. The Speaking test may be offered on the same day or up to a week before or after the other parts.