International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  About IELTS

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the world’s most popular English language test. More than 2.9 million IELTS tests are taken each year.

Why IELTS Is So Important.... A high score in your IELTS examination can also allow you to gain more points in the points test and grant your more access to different work visas to Australia. Most businesses require overseas employees working in Australia to prove their English level with an IELTS Score.

IELTS assesses all of your English skills - reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how you will use English at study, at work, and at play, in your new life abroad. The IELTS test is developed by some of the world's leading experts in language assessment.

The IELTS test assesses your abilities in listening, reading, writing and speaking - in less than three hours. There are two types of the IELTS test : IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.... Your test centre will advise. The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.


Reading is the second part of the IELTS test, and takes 60 minutes. It consists of three or sometimes four reading passages of increasing difficulty, and there is a total of 40 questions to answer. Though you can mark and write on the Question Paper, you must enter your answers on the Reading Answer Sheet, and be aware that no extra time is given for transferring your answers from the test booklet to the Reading Answer Sheet.
The Academic and General Training Reading Tests are graded to the same level. However, because the texts in the Academic Reading Test are more challenging overall than those in the General Training Test, more questions need to be answered correctly on a General Training Test to receive the same grade.


In the actual test you will do your writing in an answer booklet.


  • The total time allowed for the IELTS General Training Writing test is 60 minutes.
  • Time yourself and allow just one hour to complete both parts.
  • Task 2 contributes twice as much as Task 1 to the Writing score.

  Writing task 1

  • You should spend about 20 minutes on task 1
  • write in a personal, semi-formal or formal style
  • write at least 150 words

  Writing task 2

  • You should spend about 40 minutes on task 2
  • give reasons for your answer and include examples from your own knowledge or experience write at least 250 words


The IELTS Listening test will take about 30 minutes, and you will have an extra 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. The four parts of this practice Listening test are presented over four separate web pages.

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