The International English Language Testing Systems (IELTS) is an internationally recognized English language assessment system offered by British council, IDP Australia and University of Cambridge. IELTS scores are valid for two years. Students are assessed in the Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening area of the English language proficiency at the time of examination. Majority of the IELTS examination students are seeking International education, professional recognition and consider it as benchmark to international standards. High scores in these tests can be beneficial for admission in the universities, gaining scholarships and visa.

IELTS has two types of modules – Academic and General Training. Academic Module is required to be given by students who plan to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels. While, General Training Module is generally a prerequisite for the people who either want to pursue vocational studies or plan to immigrate.


40 Questions

40 Minutes


Academic Module

3 Passages ( 40 Questions)

60 Minutes

General Module

3 Sections (40 Questions)

60 Minutes


Academic Module

2 tasks (Diagram Prompt/Argument Prompt)

60 Minutes

General Module

2 tasks (Letter Prompt/Essay Prompt)

60 Minutes


3 Parts

11 – 15 Minutes

Listening :

It has 4 sections and 40 questions in all. It lasts for 40 minutes including the time one gets for transferring the answers to the main answer sheet

Reading :

Reading has 3 passages, 40 questions in all. Candidates are given only 1 hour to complete reading, which means that time management is very important. One must give 20 minutes per passage.

Writing :

  • Academic Module

It has 2 writing tasks. Task 1 is primarily Report writing (explaining diagrams and charts). Essay on task 1 must not be less than 150 words. Students are advised to spend 20 minutes on this task. Task 2 is Argumentative essay.
Essay on task 2 must not be less than 250 words. Students are advised to spend 40 minutes on the same. In all, time allotted for writing is 1 hour.

  • General Training Module

It also has 2 writing tasks.
Task 1 presents a Letter Prompt (formal or informal). Students must write at least 150 words for the same.
Task 2 is same as that of Academic Module.


Speaking has 3 parts and lasts for 11-14 minutes. It is done on one-to-one basis with the student. This is usually done on another day.

  • Part 1:

Examiner asks general questions to the student, which relates to his/her work, studies, hobbies etc. This part lasts between 4 and 5 minutes.

  • Part 2:

The candidate is given a topic to speak, which is printed on a task card.Students have to speak for 1 minute at least and are given one minute to think and write down some points. This part lasts between 3 and 4 minutes.

  • Part 3:

It’s a two way discussion with the examiner (questions mostly related to part 2 topic will be asked).The discussion lasts between 4 and 5 minutes.