IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training?

There are two types of IELTS tests to choose from: Academic and General Training.

Both cover all four language skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. Everyone takes the same listening and speaking sections. There are different reading and writing sections for Academic and General Training.

  • IELTS Academic measures whether your level of English language proficiency is suitable for an academic environment. It reflects aspects of academic language and evaluates whether you’re ready to begin training or studying. IELTS Academic is normally for test takers wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration.
  • IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and tests reflect both workplace and social situations. IELTS General Training is normally for test takers who wish to train or study below degree level, or those wishing to migrate to an English speaking country (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK. For up to date UK Visa and Immigration advice, see here).

We strongly advise that you contact the test user (university/college/institution) you are applying to in order to check their requirements (Academic or General Training).

Additional information for test takers is provided here.