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The IELTS test has two forms: the Academic test (or module) and the General Training test (or module). The module that you take depends on the reason that you are taking it for. Generally speaking, the Academic Module is for those people who are trying to gain entry onto undergraduate or postgraduate education courses or for professional reasons. 

The General Training Module is for those people who wish to join some kinds of vocational or training courses, secondary schools or for immigration purposes.Both Academic and General Training modules try and reflect real life situations to test whether a candidate would survive in English speaking social and academic environments. For example, the Part 2 section of the speaking asks candidates to talk, after 1 minute's preparation, for 1 to 2 minutes on a given general topic. This would test General Training candidates to see if they could give a "work related presentation" to fellow work colleagues and would test Academic candidates if they can give a "university style presentation" to fellow students. It tests whether candidates have the English language capability to perform these tasks under some kind of pressure.The IELTS test (both Academic and General Training modules) is divided into four parts: reading, writing, listening and speaking. The listening and speaking tests are exactly the same for the Academic and General Training modules but the reading and writing tests are different. 


Reading Module comprises three reading comprehensions having about 40 questions. You are given 60 minutes time to answer these questions. The questions are of various types: Selecting appropriate titles for the given paragraphs of the passages, Sentence completion, Matching, etc. You need to adopt certain short-cut techniques so that you may be able to answer maximum questions within the given time. 

Listening ModuleIt lasts for 30 minutes. You need to listen to the audio and answer the questions simultaneously. It has four sections, containing 10-11 questions each. This part is also common for Academic and General Modules. 

Writing Module
This comprises two tasks: Task-I requires you to study certain charts, graphs or tables and interpret them in 150 words. The time allowed for task I is 20 minutes. Task-II requires you to write an essay in 250 words within 40 minutes. Thus, the total time for Writing Module is 60 minutes. The IELTS General Module does not have charts, graphs or tables. Instead, it has letter writing: complaints, notices, requests, informal letters, etc. However, the issue or essay writing part is common for Academic and General Modules. 

Speaking ModuleIt is for 15 minutes. You need to introduce yourself; then, a topic is given on which you need to speak for about 3 to 4 minutes and it is followed by a discussion between you and the examiner.