The IELTS Academic Test

The IELTS Academic Reading:
This is a 1 hour test with 3 sections which have 40 questions each, based on 1 reading text per section. The length of each passage will be between 2000 and 2750 words. Candidates are given a question paper and an answer sheet. They may write on the question paper but they should not remove it from the test room after they complete the test. All answers must be written on the reading answer sheet before the end of the hour. Unlike the listening section, there is no extra time for the transfer of answers on to the answer paper. A variety of question types is used. Questions types that you will see will usually come from the following list:

  1. Multiple choice questions;
  2. Short answer questions;
  3. Choosing from headings to identify paragraphs or parts of the text;
  4. Identification of writer’s opinions/ideas ;
  5. Identification of information given in the text;
Passages that appear in the test are usually from magazines, journals, books and newspapers. Texts are for an undergraduate or postgraduate readership, but do not contain specialized knowledge of the particular subject. All reading passage topics will be of general academic interest.

The IELTS Academic Writing Test:
The Academic writing test is for the duration of one hour. Candidates are required to write two pieces of writing. The Academic Writing Task I consists of some factual information given in a pictorial form, that the student needs to describe. The pictorial form(s) could be a line graph, a bar chart, or a table describing a process. There could be a combination of these pictorial representations. Candidates must write a minimum of 150 words for this exercise.
For the Academic writing test II, the students must write an essay on a general academic topic. Candidates must write a minimum of 250 words.

The IELTS Academic Speaking Test:
The IELTS Academic Speaking Test is the same for both the Academic and the General tests. One examiner is provided for each student, who asks questions and records the student’s answers.
Section 1:
This section expects the students to introduce themselves and answer simple questions about themselves asked by the examiner. It lasts for around 4 - 5 minutes.
Section 2:
This section is a monologue by the candidate. The examiner will give the candidate a card with a subject and the student must talk for 1 to 2 minutes on this subject.
Section 3:
In the Academic Speaking Test section 3 the examiner will ask some more questions generally related to the subject spoken about in section 2.
The IELTS Academic Listening Test:
The IELTS Academic Listening Test is the same for the Academic and the General tests. The candidates will listen to a tape and answer a series of questions. The tape will be played only once. The Listening Test consists of four sections with 10 questions in each section. It will last for about 30 minutes with an extra 10 minutes at the end to transfer answers to the answer sheet.

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