Differences & Similarities between IELTS Academics and IELTS General


  • The total time for the Listening module is 30 minutes for both the IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training exams.
  • There are four recorded listening excerpts on both exams.


  • For both exams, there is a face-to-face interview with a certified IELTS Speaking Examiner.
  • The Speaking module is 11-14 minutes for both the IELTS Academic and General Training exam.
  • The Speaking module includes short questions and longer questions where the candidate speaks about a familiar topic. There is also a structured discussion.


  • The Reading portion is 60 minutes long for both the IELTS Academic and General Training exams.
  • For both exams, there are three readings with questions about each reading.
  • For the IELTS Academic exam, there are a variety of texts to read, such as descriptive, factual, and analytical. The reading module also includes diagrams, graphs or illustrations.
  • There are three sections on reading part of the General Training exam. In the first section, there are two or three short texts. In the second section, there are two short, work-related texts. In the final section, there is one long text about a general interest topic.
  • For both the Academic and General Training exam, the texts are authentic; texts come from books, newspapers, journals, etc. (for the Academic exam), and books, newspapers, company handbooks, etc. (for the General Training exam).


  • The Writing section is 60 minutes for both the IELTS Academic and General Training exams.
  • Each includes two tasks: Task 1 is a minimum 150 words and Task 2 is a minimum 250 words.
  • For the IELTS Academic exam, Task 1 is writing about a table, graph, chart or diagram. Task 2 is an essay.
  • For the General Training exam, Task 1 is writing a letter, and Task 2 is an essay.