IELTS Exams Format

IELTS Exams Format

The IELTS test assesses your abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking – in less than three hours

IELTS stands for INTERNATION ENGLISH LANGUAGE TESTING SYSTEM which has introduced into two types:-

IELTS Academic

IELTS General training

Listening and Speaking are the same for both tests, but the subject matter of the Reading and Writing sections differs depending on which test you take.

The types of questions IELTS Academic and IELTS General training are same but the difference is in difficulty level. Usually, Vocabulary of IELTS Academic is difficult than IELTS Academic.

The Listening, Reading and Writing sections of all IELTS tests are completed on the same day. There is neither any breaks in between them not they will allow you during interchange of test.
Speaking test may be up to a week before or after the other tests. Your test centre will declare the speaking test to you. You will get this confirmation either by an email or SMS or both.

The speaking section assesses your use of spoken English. Every test is recorded.

Part 1 - Introduction: the examiner will ask you general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as your choice, likes or dislikes, education, job and family.

Part 2 - Cue Card: Examiner will share a written question you will be given a card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. You will have one minute to get ready before speaking as long as two minutes. The analyst will at that point pose a couple of inquiries on a similar subject.

Part 3 - You will be posed to further inquiries about the subject in Part 2. These will offer you the chance to talk about progressively conceptual thoughts and issues. This piece of the test endures somewhere in the range of four and five minutes.

Types of IELTS-Listening questions:

Task type 1 – MCQ with 3 to 4 Multiple choice options
Task type 2 – Matching information
Task type 3 – Fill any Plan, map, diagram labelling
Task type 4 – Fill a Form, note, table, flow-chart, or complete a summary as fill the blanks
Task type 5 – Fill the blanks in a Sentence. There may be one to two blanks as single question
Task type 6 – Short-answer questions like what, where, when, who or other types

The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

  1. Test format – Speaking
  2. 11–14 minutes

You will listen to four recordings of native English speakers and then write your answers to a series of questions.

Recording 1 – a conversation between two people set in an everyday communication.

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.

IELTS GT and Academic Reading in detail

Task type 1 – Multiple choice: one will be correct out of three to 4 options
Task type 2 – find information
Task type 3 – find writer’s views/claims
Task type 4 – Matching information
Task type 5 – compare correct heading for paragraphs
Task type 6 – Matching features
Task type 7 – Matching sentence endings like fill the blanks
Task type 8 – Sentence completion like fill the blanks or compare
Task type 9 – Summary, note, table, flow-chart completion
Task type 10 – Diagram label completion fill ups