IELTS Academic Module

What to Expect in the Academic Module of IELTS

IELTS or International English Language Testing System is an examination that is taken by students to prove their competence or proficiency in English Language for studying or working in a English speaking country. The score of this examination is accepted by many organizations such as professional or government bodies, academic institutions or immigration authorities all over the world. The test is usually conducted four times or more in a month on Thursdays and Saturdays in 800 test centers or more that are spread across 130 countries. IELTS is owned by the British Council, IDP in association with IELTS Australia and University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations. Over the years, this test has proved to be more powerful and convincing for evaluating the skills of English Language in the most impartial manner.

Versions of IELTS

The test constitutes two versions:

  • Academic Training: The academic version of the test is meant for those students who are keen to pursue their graduate or postgraduate studies in a country where English is the principal language of communication.

  • General Training: This format is designed for those people who are willing to migrate to an English-speaking country for training or studying below degree level.

The test takers should know and mention which version of the test they want to take while completing the application form.

Academic IELTS and its Purpose

As far as the Academic Training is concerned, there are separate norms set by different organizations and academic institutions and the students should contact the designated body of the organization or institution before applying and filling the application form. However, this version should be taken mandatorily for pursuing education (for graduate and postgraduate studies) in English-speaking countries such as Australia, Canada or UK. In some countries, the organization or institution may require the scores of both modules. The test includes the following four sections:

  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Speaking
  • Writing

While the Listening and Speaking tests are similar for both modules, the Reading and Writing tests are different.

What Should You Expect in the Academic Module of IELTS

In the Academic Reading section, the students are provided with one long text or passage that is reliable and borrowed from different sources such as magazines, newspapers and journals and the students get 1 mark for each correct answer for which the raw scores are converted to IELTS score bands. The text for academic module includes the following:

  • Written for general audience and related to generic and commonplace matter.
  • Texts are perfect and approachable for the applicants who are keen to pursue undergraduate or postgraduate education or professional training.
  • The content of the text is of varied range, which is based on facts and comprehensive data on one hand and digressive or interpretive data on the other.
  • The texts may also include visual imageries that include diagrams or graphs.
  • Those texts that contain technical terms are compliant with a separate wordlist.

The Reading section of the Academic training helps to assess the reading skills of the students for different purpose and the ability of the students to recognize the purpose for which the text has been written.

In the Writing section of the Academic training, the students are provided with two different tasks and the scores are given in whole or half bands. The first assignment tests the students' ability to compare and organize a particular sequence of events. In the second assignment, the test takers are supposed to find a solution to a problem by justifying their opinion or argument. The two tasks of the academic module include the following:

  • In the first task, students are supposed to decipher their own ideas from the visual objects provided such as diagrams, tables, charts or graphs.
  • The second task requires the students to write an essay in response to a particular concept or view.
  • The topics are related to matters of general interest and perfectly approachable by those applicants seeking graduate or postgraduate studies in an English speaking country or professional training.


The IELTS applicants should try to get proper information regarding both the modules to understand the questions that they can expect and get good scores to fulfill their academic goals.