What is on the IELTS?

IELTS tests all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. The IELTS Speaking test is a face-to-face interview with an examiner and is as close to a real-life situation as a test can get.  
Listening
  • 30 minutes
  • 4 sections
  • A variety of question types to test a wide range of reading skills including reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument, recognizing writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose.
Writing
  • 60 minutes
  • 2 tasks
  • Topics are of general interest to, and suitable for candidates entering undergraduate and postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration.
Reading
  • 60 minutes
  • 40 questions
  • A variety of question types to test a wide range of reading skills including reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument, recognizing writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose.
Speaking
  • 11-14 minutes
  • 3 parts
  • Every test is recorded. The Speaking component is delivered in such a way that it does not allow candidates to rehearse set responses beforehand.