IELTS Academic is designed for people planning to study in higher education or those seeking professional registration.

Section 1. Listening (30 minutes + 10 minutes) extra to write your answer on answer sheet.

Section 2. Reading (60 minutes)

  • Three long reading passages with task
  • Texts range from descriptive & factual to the discursive & analytical
  • Includes non-verbal material such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations
  • Texts are authentic (i.e taken from books, journals & newspapers

Section 3. Writing (60 minutes)

  • Writing task of at least 150 words where the candidates must summarise, describe or explain a table, graph, chart or diagram
  • Short essay task of at least 250 words

Section 4. Speaking  (11 – 14 minutes)

  • Multiple choice, choose single answer
  • Multiple choice, choose multiple answers
  • Re-order paragraphs
  • Reading: Fill in the blanks
  • Reading & writing: fill in the blanks

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