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IELTS

Listening

You will listen to four recorded texts – monologues and conversations by a range of native speakers – and write the answers to a series of questions. These include questions that test your ability to understand main ideas and detailed factual information, ability to understand the opinions and attitudes of speakers, ability to understand the purpose of what is said and ability to follow the development of ideas. A variety of voices and native-speaker accents is used and you will hear each section only once.

Reading

The Reading component comprises 40 questions. A variety of question types is used in order to test a wide range of reading skills. These include reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument and recognising writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose.

Writing

  • Academic version:-

The Writing component of the Academic version includes two tasks. Topics are of general interest to, and suitable for, anyone entering undergraduate or postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration.

  • General Training version:-

The Writing component of the General Training version includes two tasks, which are based on topics of general interest.

Speaking

The Speaking component assesses your use of spoken English and takes between 11 and 14 minutes to complete. Every test is recorded.

  • Academic version:-

The Writing component of the Academic version includes two tasks. Topics are of general interest to, and suitable for, anyone entering undergraduate or postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration.

  • General Training version:-

The Writing component of the General Training version includes two tasks, which are based on topics of general interest.