Why take IELTS?

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is one of the most accepted international exams for academic qualification, professional licensing, and immigration. There are more that 1,000 centres that administer IELTS in over 140 countries around the world. An IELTS score is a recognized measure of English proficiency at over 7,000 institutions around the world. Government departments and businesses around the globe also require an IELTS or an equivalent score for employment or immigration.

There are two formats of IELTS to choose from, academic or general training, depending on the intended use. The Academic modules are used to apply for undergraduate or postgraduate studies at international universities where English is the language of study. They are also used as a measure of professional language proficiency for educators, nurses, veterinarians and other professionals. The General Training module is more suitable for people who want to work, live or study at a secondary institution in an English-speaking country.

IELTS Test Format

In IELTS, there are four papers: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The Speaking and Listening tests are the same in both Academic and General Training modules, but the Reading and Writing tests are different.

4 sections, 40 items
Approximately 30 minutes
Academic Reading
3 sections, 40 items
60 minutes
 General Training Reading
3 sections, 40 items
60 minutes
Academic Writing
2 tasks
60 minutes
 General Training Writing
2 tasks
60 minutes
11 to 14 minutes
 Total Test Time
2 hours 44 minutes

Aquila Training Centre has a course to prepare candidate for IELS, whether it is for the Academic or General Training module. For details about the IELTS Preparation Course, click on IELTS Course.

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