Test Format and Schedule

The IELTS Test is available in two formats: Academic and General Training. Please visit the Test Dates page for more details.

IELTS Academic Examination

The Academic Reading and Writing Modules assess whether a candidate is ready to study or train in the medium of English at an undergraduate or postgraduate level. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of these Modules.

IELTS General Examination

The General Training Reading and Writing Modules are not designed to test the full range of formal language skills required for academic purposes, but emphasise basic survival skills in a broad social and educational context. General Training is suitable for candidates who are going to English speaking countries to complete their secondary education, to undertake work experience or training programmes not at degree level, or for immigration purposes to Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

It is the responsibility of the candidate to inform the test centre whether they wish to take the Academic or General Training Modules. Centres are not responsible for providing this information. The modules are not offered at all test administrations.  For more information, download the IELTS Information for Candidates (PDF) here.

Please see below for a sampe test day schedule.

Speaking Interviews
12:30pm - 9:00pm Speaking Interviews with Examiner (14 minutes per candidate) Interview times are randomly chosen. Requesting an interview time or changing times is NOT permitted. By registering for this test, you agree to attend your test at the assigned time.
Times are assigned by e-mail one week in advance.
Saturday Written Test
8:15am Check-in begins at test location.
8:15 - 8:30am Check-in. Candidates who arrive after 8:30 WILL NOT be permitted.
8:30am Check-in concludes
9:00am Test begins.
9:00am -12:00pm Listening, Reading & Writing sections.
Test Takers are advised that all complaints must be made in person and in writing before leaving the test venue on the IELTS test day. You will be asked to fill in the Complaint Form for Test Takers at the test venue, and this will remain confidential. The form must be submitted at the venue on the same day as the test before you leave the test venue.

Note: No complaints relating to the delivery of the test can be processed after your results have been released. Test results cannot be released until the complaint has been resolved.