There are two formats of IELTS Exam; IELTS Academic and IELTS General. Both these formats access the reading, writing, listening and speaking abilities of the candidates. The listening and speaking are the same for both the formats. While the reading and writing section components are different depending on which test is taken. The English proficiency of the student is tested so that the student is able to work, play and study in abroad.
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The two formats have a varied purpose of IELTS exam. The student can select the version on the basis of institute/organization in which they need to apply.
IELTS Academic: This test is taken/given for getting admission into an undergraduate or postgraduate professional course. The English level proficiency of the student is checked in this test. For those who wish to pursue work or professional training can apply for this course.
IELTS General Training: This test is taken/given for a below degree level, work or immigration purpose. The candidates are tested based on the workspace and social conditions/situations.
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Similarities and Differences in the examinations:
Listening– Both the exams are for 30 minutes.
Speaking– There is a face-to-face interview with an examiner for both the sections.
Reading– For IELTS Academic there are descriptive, factual and analytical questions. There could be diagrams, graphs as well as illustrations. While in the general training there are short texts, work-related text, long text on the general topic. Thus, there are three sections in all.
Writing– For IELTS Academic there are 2 tasks. One is writing about a table, chart, graph or diagram and other is writing an essay. In the General Training, there are again 2 tasks. One for writing a letter and other for writing an essay.