Find out if you need to take the IELTS Academic test taking a closer look at the test itself, from format to how it is marked.
If you plan to study in higher education or seek professional registration in an English-speaking country, you might need to take the IELTS Academic test.
IELTS Academic test assesses your English-language proficiency at an academic level to determine whether you are ready to study at an undergraduate or post graduate level, or work in a professional setting, such as doctor, nurse, teacher or lawyer.
The Academic test looks at your English-language proficiency across the four skillsets, listening, reading, writing and speaking. The Listening and Speaking parts of the test are the same for both Academic and General Training, while the Reading and Writing parts are different.
The cost of the Academic test is 80 KD for paper-based & 88 KD for computer-based.
If you choose to take IELTS on computer, you will take the Listening, Reading and Writing test parts using a computer.
If you choose to take the IELTS on paper, you will complete the Listening, Reading and Writing test parts on paper.
The Speaking test for both paper and computer are face to face with an examiner. This is the best way to measure your speaking skills as it takes a more realistic approach: a life-like conversation with an examiner.
If you plan to study in higher education or seek professional registration in an English-speaking country, you might need to take an IELTS Academic.
The General Training test looks at your English-language capabilities in a work or social environment. If you plan to study in secondary education, enroll in vocational training, move abroad for work or migrate to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK or the USA, you might need to take an IELTS General Training.
As IELTS is an international test, a variety of voices and native-speaker accents are used in both the General Training and Academic tests.
The test format, question types, time allocated to each test part and content is the same for both computer-delivered test and the paper-based test.
And because the content for both the paper-based and computer-delivered IELTS test is the same, the level of difficulty is also same. The only difference might be your level of confidence in sitting your IELTS test on a computer. If you are tech savvy, you might prefer to take IELTS on a computer.
Of course! Every test question that appears on the IELTS test is designed, screened and tested by Cambridge Assessment English (CAE) to ensure it meets standard requirements before being released as test material. This can take up to two years to ensure every question complies with our high standards for all test takers.
Our research ensures IELTS remains fair and unbiased for anyone who sits the test, regardless of nationality, background, gender or lifestyle. Our highly trusted team ensures every version of the test is of comparable difficulty.
The Listening, Reading, and Writing parts of the test are completed immediately after each other on the same day. In some test centres, you will sit the Speaking test on the same day, or up to 7 days before or after your test date.
If you take computer-delivered IELTS, the Speaking test will be taken on the same day, either before, or after the other three parts of the test.
IELTS Academic and General Training are two wholly separate types of test, for two different purposes. While some individual organisations may accept an Academic result in the place of General Training, this decision is up to them. You will need to contact your specific organisation to learn more.
You can book the IELTS test on our online booking system in a location that is convenient for you.
IELTS may be a requirement for entering your desired course in an educational institution. It is also used in many countries as a part of their migration assessment. If you are not sure as to why you might need to sit the IELTS test or about the score you need, contact the organisation you are applying to.
They will be able to provide further information, including whether native speakers need to complete the IELTS test. Even if English is your primary language, you will still need to prepare for the test.
The minimum age you can take IELTS varies by your location. In most countries there is no (minimum or maximum) age limit for the IELTS test.
That being said, it is not recommended that anyone under the age of 16 sits the test. Test takers under 18 will be chaperoned to the test rooms, from the test rooms, and while they undertake their Speaking test.
Find out the differences between IELTS Academic and General Training so you can choose which one is best for you.
Take IELTS Academic if you plan to study in higher education or seek professional registration in an English-speaking environment.
If you want to study in higher education or seek professional in the United Kingdom, you might need to take IELTS Academic for UKVI