IELTS is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test, designed to assess the language ability of those who wish to migrate for studying or working in a foreign country where English is the main language of communication.
Therefore, based on the purpose of migration, there are two types of IELTS tests: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The Speaking and Listening sections are the same for both the tests, but the subject topic for the Reading and Writing sections will differ.
So since you all have an idea now that IELTS Academic is for those who are migrating to pursue their degree or a higher level of education, or for professionals like doctors, and nurses; let’s look at what IELTS General Training is all about.
General Training Test
The IELTS General Training Test is designed for applicants who are planning to migrate for the purpose of working or join a non-academic form of training in an English speaking country.
So in short, the IELTS General Training Test is for those who plan to migrate to a foreign country for:
- Getting a better job
- Studying or training at a below degree educational level
- Get work-related training
General Test Duration
The test duration for the IELTS General Training, same as the IELTS Academic, is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
General Test Fee
The registration fee for IELTS General Training Test, for both Paper-based and Computer-delivered, is: INR 14,000
IELTS General Training Test Format
As mentioned above, the Listening and Speaking sections for both the tests are the same, while the topic subject in the Reading and Writing sections will differ.
Both General Training and Academic Reading Tests take 60 minutes. But while the Academic test contains 3 long texts with subject material taken mostly from books or journals, the General Training test contains 3 sections, in which section 3 will contain a long text that is mostly taken from advertisements, guidebooks or notices. Section 1 will contain 2 or 3 small texts that are related to everyday life in an English speaking country and section 2 will contain 2 or 3 small texts that are related to work.
Similar to the Reading test, both the General Training and Academic Writing Tests take 60 minutes. And both the tests contain 2 tasks where task 2 is an essay of at least 250 words. The difference comes in task 1, where the Academic test will ask you to describe a table, chart or diagram, while in the General Training Test, you’ll have to write a letter.
The Listening Test takes 30 minutes in total. Those attempting it as a paper-based test will be given an additional 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheets, while those attempting it as a computer-based test will be given 2 mins for rechecking the answers. The test comprises of 4 sections, where the difficulty level will increase after each section. There’ll be 40 questions in total, with each section having 10 questions, and each question carrying 1 mark.
The Speaking Test goes for around 12-14 minutes and consists of 3 parts. Part 1, will be around your childhood, background, family, friends, hobbies, and so on. For Part 2, you’ll get a cue card with a topic, on which you’ll have to speak about. And Part 3, you’ll be asked more in-depth questions related to the topic you received earlier.
You can also go through the step by step by following the detailed guide of each parts in speaking as shown below