General Module- IELTS

IELTS General Training Module Explained

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is the most popular English language proficiency test in the world. The two modules of the test are Academic and General Training. You must take either the Academic test or the General training test based on the purpose for which you are writing the test.

What is IELTS General Training Test or Module?

The General Training is the  module that is exclusively meant for people who want to do any training/ job-related program or secondary school education in an English-speaking country. People who want to settle in an English-speaking country must also take this test. However, it is better to confirm the version or module of the test that you must take with the organization or institution to which you are applying.





Format, Sections and Question Types of IELTS General Training Test

The General Training version of IELTS comprises four parts - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking tests. The total time duration of the General Training test is two hours and 45 minutes, out of which the Reading and Writing tests take one hour each, the Listening test takes half-an-hour, and the Speaking test takes 11 to 14 minutes. The Listening, Reading and Writing tests must be attended on the same day, whereas the Speaking test can be taken on the same day or one week before/ after the day of other three tests.

  • IELTS General Training - Reading Test

    • Sections
    • The one-hour General Training of Reading test includes three sections comprising 40 questions in total.

      1. The first section includes questions that tests your English language proficiency needed to survive in an English society.

      2. The second section includes questions concerned with testing your English language proficiency required for surviving in the education/ work environment of an English-speaking country.

      3. The third section incudes questions to test your English language proficiency with respect to complex texts.

    • Question Types
    • The questions appearing in the Reading test will be of different types, such as multiple-choice, matching lists/ phrases, classification, paragraph identification, true or false, short answer, and completion of sentence, diagram, summary or flow chart.

  • IELTS General Training - Writing Test

    • Sections
    • The one-hour Writing test includes two sections comprising 2 questions in total.

      1. The first section requires you to write a response letter for a given situation.

      2. The second section requires you to write an essay on a given general topic.

    • Question Types
    • The first question in the Writing test will be a letter-writing task, and the second question will be an essay-writing task.

  • IELTS General Training - Listening Test

    • Sections
    • The half-an-hour Listening test includes four sections, each comprising 10 questions. You will have to answer the 40 questions in this test after listening to an audio tape that will be played only once.

    • Question Types
    • The questions appearing in the Listening test are of different types, such as multiple choice, sentence completion, short answer and completion of sentence, diagram, summary or flow chart.

  • IELTS General Training - Speaking Test

    • Sections
    • The 11 to 14 minutes Speaking test includes three sections.

      1. The first section that will last for four to five minutes requires you to answer some general introductory questions, personal questions and questions from two topics of general interest.

      2. The second section that will last for three to four minutes requires you to talk for one to two minutes on a given subject after a one minute preparation. This section also requires you to answer one or two brief questions related to the given subject.

      3. The third section that will last for four to five minutes requires you to critically analyze and answer questions related to the subject given in the second section.

    • Question Types
    • The questions appearing in the Speaking test will be oral questions related personal information, general interest and a particular subject.

To know more details, such as information on how to apply for the test, where to take the test, how the test is graded, and how to practice for the test, you can refer to the official website (http://www.ielts.org).