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IELTS Academic and General Test Difference

IELTS Academic and General Test Difference

Most of the students find it difficult when it comes to the difference between IELTS Academic and IELTS General tests. Let's just check what the key difference is, in a nutshell. 

What is IELTS Academic and who needs it? 

Academic training is meant for those who want to go abroad for further studies. Most of the people who go abroad now are students who can easily get a job and get settled there if they are willing to. And it's possible as they have strong base doing the course in their country of choice. Plus, the students get benefitted by the opportunity to work somewhere while studying itself as there are plenty of job opportunities meant for students. 

What makes IELTS academic different from IELTS general: 

The only difference is the one found in the style of Reading and Writing modules while listening and Speaking modules remain the same for both tests. For an academic test, writing task is different and the duration of the task is one hour with two tasks. 

Task one that a student is supposed to finish within 20 minutes in 150 words at least. The student is presented with a graph table, chart or diagram. And the student is supposed to understand the data shown and write a format with proper introduction, analysis and conclusion. Task two must be finished within 40 minutes. And a student is supposed to write an essay on a particular topic given with proper introduction, description and conclusion and the essay must have 250 words at least. 


Another module that's different for an academic test is Reading that must be done within an hour. A student is supposed to read a couple of paragraphs, taken from magazines, news papers or any type of articles or documentation and address as many as 40 questions that include multiple choice, identifying information, identifying the writer’s views/claims, matching information, matching headings, matching features, matching sentence endings, sentence completion, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flow-chart completion, diagram label completion and short-answer questions.


What is IELTS general? 

IELTS general is meant for those job aspirants who want to go abroad. Even though there is no difference in terms of Speaking and listening modules, you get to see some difference when it comes to the Reading and Writing modules. 

IELTS GENERAL READING: The difference, you have in IELTS general reading module is that the reading passages are taken from some brochures and advertisement rather than magazines or newspapers that play a dominant role in IELTS ACADEMIC. Your are likely to come across these passages every single day so that IELTS General reading task is much simpler, comparing to the academic one. 

IELTS GENERAL WRITING: When it comes to General writing module, you are supposed to write a letter that could be either formal or informal or in the form of some request or explanation. The task 1 is to be done in 20 minutes and almost 150 words are required. And you are supposed to maintain the body of letter format perfectly.


IELTS WRITING TASK 2: It's common for both academic and general tests. You are supposed to write an essay on a given topic or statement. And the duration of the time, allotted is 40 minutes and the essay must have at least 250 words in it. 


IELTS speaking is common for both general and academic tests. The speaking test is finished within 11 to 14 minutes and it's done like an interview between the test taker and an examiner. The speaking test consists of three parts. The part one is some sort of introductory section where you are asked about your family, work, study, interest or your hobbies etc. It takes only 4 to 5 minutes. 

In the second part, a student is given a card of topic on which the student is supposed to talk for two minutes continuously. You will be given one minute to think about what you have to say and you can write down the points, you want to say in the piece of paper, given. 

In the part three section, it appears that you are asked further questions in relation to the part two topic. It's done for 4 to 5 minutes.

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