The format of the IELTS test
IELTS offers a choice of two tests, to serve both academic and non-academic purposes. The format each test takes has remained consistent since 1995. You can select the test that best suits the needs of your organisation.
Both Academic and General Training tests are graded using the same criteria. The distinction between the Academic test and the General Training test lies in the subject matter of the Reading and Writing components. Learn about each component on the next page, and/or read the Guide for institutions on our website.