What to Expect in the General Training Module for IELTS
What is IELTS General Test?
General Test in IELTS is taken when you want to take admission in a school, if you going to work in a country where English is the prime language, or in the case of migration, wherein, you are migrating to a country where English is primarily spoken. In any of the three cases, IELTS test is taken.
Since the purpose of General test is to be able to survive in a country, you can expect the test with a similar bent. The format of General test focuses more on the survival skills that are required to live on a day-to-day basis. This includes interactions in society and work places. Those who are planning ahead for secondary education, training programs, and migration or work purposes must take this exam. Usually, those migrating to Australia, Canada or New Zealand are supposed to take the IELTS test. However, some organizations may require you to take the Academic IELTS; in this case, you must verify regarding this, with your host organization (especially in the case of work/study).
What are the Sections and Question Types in IELTS General Test?
The General test in IELTS is divided into 4 parts; Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Let's look at all these four parts of the test.
1. Reading: This test lasts for one hour and has 3 sections. There are in all 40 questions in this section that are directly related to one or more passages. The length of the test will vary anywhere between 2000 to 2750 words. The types of questions may vary. You may be asked a combination of multiple-choices, sentence completions, short answers, writing opinions, drawing inferences, classifications etc. You must remember that this section is to test your understanding of written information and your ability to process the information in your mind. In this way, you will have to complete three similar sections in the reading section. The texts for this section can be extracts from notices, documents, booklets, editorials, magazines, books etc.
2. Writing: This section too will be for 1 hour in which the test-takers are required to complete two tasks. The first task will involve writing a letter pertaining to a situation. The minimum length of the letter is 150 words. The second task will involve writing an essay that is based on a very general topic. The length of the essay will be 250 words. This section tests your ability to write coherently.
3. Speaking: The speaking section is common for both academic and general test. The speaking section lasts for about 11-14 minutes. You will be given an examiner who will hold the speaking test one-on-one with you. There are three sub-sections in this section. The first part of the test contains an introduction by you, including a short description about yourself. The second part will be talking about a topic given by the examiner. The third part is to discuss a topic selected by the examiner. In this section, the test-taker's ability to speak correctly, with regards to, grammar, vocabulary and sentence structure is assessed.
4. Listening: The general and the academic Listening section is the same. The examinee is required to listen to a tape and answer. The questions are provided to the examinee. The listening section lasts for 30 minutes and has 4 sections. There are 10 questions in every section. You will get an extra 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. The listening section tests your ability to understand the speaking styles and accents of your host country. It determines your ability to interact effectively with the people in that country.
The general test is considered simpler than the academic test. With the right approach you can score very well in this exam.
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