Test Types

The IELTS test is offered in two formats: IELTS Academic and General Training

If you choose to take the computer-delivered IELTS test, you will take the Listening, Reading and Writing components using a computer.

All aspects of the test are identical to the paper-based IELTS test, including:

  • Question types
  • Content
  • Timing * (see below)
  • Marking

*In the computer-delivered Listening test, timing is slightly different from the paper-based test. This is because the paper-based test requires test takers to transfer answers to an answer sheet, and this is no longer required on a computer-delivered test.


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Test day

Arrive 30 minutes prior to your session for registration.

What to expect on Test Day

Listening Test Reading Test Writing Test
30-34 minutes 60 minutes 60 minutes

Before the start of each section of the Listening test, you will have time to read the questions.

After the end of each section, you will have time to review your answers.

At the end of the Listening test, you will have 2 minutes to check your answers.

The Reading section consists of 40 questions, designed to test a wide range of reading skills

There are two tasks:

Task 1 - you will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.

Task 2 - you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. Responses to both tasks must be in a formal style. 

The Speaking Test will remain face-to-face in a quiet room with an examiner.

It is important that you choose the right option so that you feel comfortable and confident when you take the test. You need to decide whether you prefer to read the texts and write your answers on a computer, or on paper.

What to bring:

  • Passport
  • Clear water bottle

No personal items are to be taken into the test room. Test day staff will collect and safely store your personal belongings. Items which are forbidden from the test room include:

  • Mobile phones
  • Watches
  • Electronic devices
  • Cameras
  • Hats
  • Wallets
  • Books
  • Notes