IELTS | Academic

IELTS | Academic

IELTS offers two different types of test formats. You can choose between IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training. Find out more about IELTS Academic!

Exam Information

What is IELTS Academic?

IELTS Academic measures whether your level of English language proficiency is suitable for an academic environment. It reflects aspects of academic language and evaluates whether you are ready to begin training or studying.

Who takes IELTS Academic?

The IELTS Academic test is for people applying for higher education or professional registration in an English-speaking environment. It reflects some of the features of academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training.

This test format is suitable for entry to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for professional registration purposes. It assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training in an environment where the English language is used and reflects some of the features of language used in academic study.

Why to take IELTS Academic?

Take this test if you want to:

  • study at an undergraduate level or postgraduate level anywhere in the world
  • apply for a Student Route visa(Tier 4) at a university that is a Student route (Tier 4) Sponsor in the UK
  • work in an English-speaking country for a professional organisation

Format of the IELTS exam

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The IELTS test consists of 4 parts.

IELTS Academic Listening

30 minutes

You will listen to 4 recordings of native English speakers and then write your answers to a series of questions.

  • a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
  • a monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g., a speech about local facilities.
  • 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.
  • a monologue on an academic subject, e.g., a university lecture.

Assessors will be looking for evidence of your ability to understand the main ideas and detailed factual information, the opinions and attitudes of speakers, the purpose of an utterance and evidence of your ability to follow the development of ideas.

IELTS Academic Reading

60 minutes

The Reading section consists of 40 questions. These include reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument and recognising writers' opinions, attitudes, and purpose.

IELTS Academic test includes three texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. These are taken from books, journals, magazines, and newspapers. They have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for people entering university courses or seeking professional registration.

IELTS Academic Writing

60 minutes

Topics are of general interest to, and suitable for, test takers entering undergraduate and postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration. There are two tasks:

  1. You will be presented with a graph, table, chart, or diagram and asked to describe, summarise, or explain the information in your own words.
  2. You will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument, or problem. Responses to both tasks must be in a formal style.

IELTS Academic Speaking

11–14 minutes

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

  1. The examiner will ask you general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies, and interests. This part lasts 4-5 minutes.
  2. You will be given a card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. You will have 1 minute to prepare before speaking for up to 2 minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic.
  3. You will be asked further questions about the topic in Part 2. These will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issues. This part of the test lasts between 4-5 minutes.

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