IELTS Exam Format - IELTS Academic & IELTS General

IELTS Exam Format

Depending on the purpose for which you are taking the test, you can register for either the Academic IELTS or the General IELTS.

IELTS Academic Test

If a candidate wants to study in countries in which English is the native language, they must appear for the IELTS Academic Test. Many universities provide admissions to International students based on a good IELTS Academic score. It will define that the candidate has a good knowledge and understanding of English and is ready to study in English speaking countries.

IELTS General Test

The IELTS General Test is for those candidates who want to study in school or colleges for a non-degree course such as a vocational diploma. A candidate who wants to work and start training in the English countries such as UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, the too should apply for the IELTS General Test.

This version will test the candidate’s knowledge of everyday English so that he/she can easily handle all the situations of social & workplace environments.

Note - Both tests are conducted to check the candidate’s comprehension skills in reading, listening, writing & speaking.

How to Take the IELTS?

The official authority conducts both exams in two formats – on paper and on computer. Candidates can choose any one exam mode as per their preferences.

IELTS Test on Computer

It is an online test conducted on a computer at the official IELTS Test Centre. In this test, the questions of listening, reading, and writing tests are shown on the computer screen and the candidate has to answer with the help of a keyboard & mouse. The speaking test for computer test is the same as on paper. It is carried out face-to-face with a trained IELTS Examiner.

Candidates who want to take the test on a computer must attend the reading, listening & writing & speaking tests.

The timing of the computer listening test is 30-34 minutes which is slightly different from that of the paper-based listening section. This is because a candidate can answer directly on the IELTS system in the computer-based test.

To give the IELTS Exam on computer, candidates would benefit with our tips.

  • Read the questions carefully in the listening & reading sections.
  • Take your time to review the answers after completing each part of the listening & reading test.
  • Check the answers in 2 minutes at the end of the listening test as there are only 2 minutes given in the computer mode.
  • Make sure to complete both writing tasks in the stipulated time.

Countries That Offer Computer-Based IELTS Test

Currently, there are 82 countries that conduct the IELTS Computer Test.

Countries Offer IELTS on Computer Test
Argentina Armenia Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahrain
Bangladesh Belarus Belgium Brazil Bulgaria Cambodia
Canada Chile China Colombia Croatia Cyprus
Czech Republic Denmark Egypt Estonia Finland France
Germany Ghana Greece Hong Kong Hungary India
Indonesia Ireland Israel Italy Japan Jordan
Kazakhstan Kenya Kuwait Laos Latvia Lebanon
Lithuania Malaysia Malta Mexico Myanmar Nepal
Netherlands New Zealand Nigeria North Macedonia Norway Oman
Pakistan Peru Philippines Poland Portugal Qatar
Romania Russia Saudi Arabia Serbia Singapore Slovakia
Slovenia South Africa South Korea Spain Sri Lanka Sweden
Switzerland Taiwan, China Thailand Turkey Ukraine United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom United States of America Uzbekistan Vietnam

IELTS Test on Paper

It is a pen & paper based test in which a candidate has to answer all the questions on the answer sheet. This test is conducted at the official IELTS Test Centre. Candidates sit on the desk and fill all the answers of listening, reading, and writing tests on the given sheet. The speaking test is carried out face-to-face with a trained IELTS Examiner.

The reading, listening, writing & speaking tests are the same in IELTS on Paper as in the version taken on the computer. The major difference in both modules is one is conducted on paper and the otehr on a computer.

If a candidate chooses the IELTS Exam on Paper, he/she will get more time than on computer exams. IELTS on the paper test requires a candidate to mention the answers in the answer sheet which can take extra time.

To give the IELTS on Paper, candidates should focus on the below-mentioned points –

  • Carefully read the questions in each section of the listening & reading test.
  • After completing each section of the listening & reading exam, review your answers.
  • Make sure to complete both of the writing tasks in the stipulated time.

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