IELTS Academic or General Training?

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General Training

Academic

Speaking

11-14 mins

Face-to-face interview without disruptions or distractions. Structured discussion on a familiar topic.

Speaking

11-14 mins

Face-to-face interview without disruptions or distractions. Structured discussion on a familiar topic.

Reading

60 mins

5-6 texts taken from notices, advertisements, company handbooks, official documents, books and newspapers.

Reading

60 mins

3 long texts taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. Selected for a non-specialist audience.

Writing

60 mins

Write a letter (150 words) Short Essay (250 words). Semi-formal style.

Writing

60 mins

Describe a table, chart or diagram (150 words) Short Essay (250 words). Formal style.

Listening

30 mins

4 sections, each with 10 questions. The first two deal with everyday social contexts. Section 3 & 4 deal with educational and training contexts.

Listening

30 mins

4 sections, each with 10 questions. The first two deal with everyday social contexts. Section 3 & 4 deal with educational and training contexts.

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