DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ACADEMIC AND GENERAL IELTS

Difference Between Academic and General IELTS

There are so many things that you might research before stepping onto the IELTS exam, like, the format of the test, online as well as offline preparation courses, and whatnot. Another important point that needs to be taken care of is which type of test you need to take- IELTS Academic or General test.

You can choose either of the exams depending upon your qualification or professional goals and the visa requirements. Both versions consist of four sections- reading, listening, speaking, and writing. 

Moving on, let’s have a look over the main difference between Academic and General IELTS 

IELTS Academic

IELTS Academic evaluates English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning education. All the tests and tasks are available for all despite your subject matter. The IELTS Academic format is for those who want to study in a university that teaches in English at the undergraduate or postgraduate level. Many other professions like medical, nursing, engineering, accounting are also required for registration in several countries.  

IELTS General Test

IELTS general test evaluates English proficiency in an everyday context. The tasks and texts indicate both workplace and social situations. The General Test is for those trying to go to English-speaking countries to do secondary education, work experience, or training programs. This type of test also requires a visa if you think of going to English-speaking countries like Australia, New Zealand, UK, Canada. 

Moving on, let’s throw some light over the four main sections of both the IELTS Academic and IELTS General test : 

 

difference between Academic and General IELTS

Listening:

 The total time for both the training exams in listening is 30 minutes. Moreover, there are four recorded monologues and conversations on both exams. 

 

Reading:

 The total time for the reading section in both the training exams is 60 minutes. You will get various texts to read for the IELTS Academic exam, like factual, descriptive, and analytical. Not only this, but the reading module also consists of diagrams, graphs, or illustrations. The texts come from journals, newspapers, books, etc. 

 

On the other hand, for IELTS General Test, there are three sections. In the first section, there are two or three short texts. In the second section, there are two short work-related texts, and in the third section, there is one long text about a general topic. The texts come from books, newspapers, company handbooks. 

 

Writing:

In this category, there is a face-to-face interview with a certified IELTS-speaking examiner. The duration for speaking for both exams is 11 to 15 minutes. The speaking module contains short questions, and then you have to speak about a familiar topic. 

 

Speaking

In this category, there is a face-to-face interview with a certified IELTS-speaking examiner. The duration for speaking for both exams is 11 to 15 minutes. The speaking module contains short questions, and then you have to speak about a familiar topic. 

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