This internationally accepted test is required for study or/and work purposes in a number of countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA. The test provides detailed assessment in proficiency in speaking, listening, reading and writing skills in English language.

Anyone can take IELTS – students, professionals, business persons – who are desirous of studying or migrating abroad. Though there is no age limit or minimum educational qualifications required to sit in the test, it is recommended that some proficiency in English grammar, vocabulary and sentence formation is needed to score good. There are two versions of IELTS test papers – Academic and general Training.

Difference between Academic and General Training Versions


  • For study at the undergraduate level only

General Training

  • For below undergraduate level vocational courses
  • For permanent residence
  • For work experience

Difference between Test Formats

Reading Passages

Though the numbers of passages are same in both versions, there is a marked difference in the themes and styles of texts and exercises thereafter. The level of complexity is greater in the Academic version.

Writing Tasks

Though the numbers of tasks are same, there are differences in content, context and style of responses.

However, there is no difference in the allocation of time, number of questions, length of the writing tasks, and the criterion of assessment in both versions of the test. Listening and Speaking modules remain same for both versions. Score is awarded on a band scale of 1 – 9 with half bands. The overall band is awarded after calculating scores in each module.