IELTS General Module* © is the best choice for those who are thinking about immigration of any type.
There are four parts – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Listening, Reading and Writing must be completed on the same day, with no breaks in between them. The order in which these tests are taken may vary, which hardly ever happens, though.
The Speaking test will either be after a break on the same day as the other three tests, or up to a week before or after the other tests.
- Listening (30 minutes)
You will listen to four recorded texts, monologues and conversations by a range of native speakers, and write your answers to forty questions. These include questions that test your ability to understand main ideas and detailed factual information, ability to understand the opinions and attitudes of speakers, ability to understand the purpose of an utterance and the ability to follow the development of ideas. A variety of voices and native-speaker accents are used and each section is heard only once. Mostly, British accent is used; however, there may be Australian, American and some other variants as well.
A conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
A monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.
A conversation between two - four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.
A monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.
- General Reading (60 minutes)
The Reading test consists of 40 questions. A variety of question types is used in order to test a wide range of reading skills. These include reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument and recognising writers' opinions, attitudes and purpose.
The General Training version requires test takers to read extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines. These are materials you are likely to encounter on a daily basis in an English-speaking environment.
- General Writing (60 minutes)
The Writing component of IELTS General Training includes two tasks which are based on topics of general interest.
You will be presented with a situation and asked to write a letter requesting information, or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal (informal), semi-formal or formal in style.
You will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be slightly more personal in style than the Academic Writing Task 2 essay.
- Speaking (11-14 minutes)
The Speaking component assesses your use of spoken English, and takes between 11 and 14 minutes to complete. Every test is recorded. The Speaking component is delivered in such a way that it does not allow people to rehearse set responses beforehand.
The examiner will ask you general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between 4 and 5 minutes.
You will be given a card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. You will have 1 minute to prepare before speaking for up to 2 minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic to finish this part of the test.
You will be asked further questions connected to the topic in Part 2. These questions will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issues. This part of the test lasts between 4 and 5 minutes.