IELTS Test Format

IELTS Test Formathttps://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/test-formatAcademicGeneral TrainingListeningSpeakingListeningSpeakingAcademic readingAcademic writingGeneral readingGeneral writing30 minutesRecording 1 – a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.Recording 2 - a monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.Recording 3 – a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.Recording 4 - a monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.Test formatTask typeMultiple choiceMatchingPlan, map, diagram labellingForm, note, table, flow-chart, summary completionSentence completionShort-answer questionsTask typeTest format30 minutesMatchingRecording 1 – a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.Multiple choiceRecording 2 - a monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.Sentence completionRecording 3 – a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.Short-answer questionsRecording 4 - a monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.Plan, map, diagram labellingForm, note, table, flow-chart, summary completionTest format11–14 minutesPart 1 - 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 four and five minutes.Part 2 - you will be given a card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. You will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic.Part 3 - you will be asked further questions about the topic in Part 2. These will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issues. This part of the test lasts between four and five minutes.Task typesIntroduction and interviewLong turnDiscussionTest format60 minutesThe Reading section consists of 40 questions, designed 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.Task typeMultiple choiceIdentifying informationIdentifying writer’s views/claimsMatchingMatching headingsMatching featuresMatching sentence endingsMatching informationSentence completionSummary, note, table, flow-chart completionDiagram label completionShort-answer questions11–14 minutesPart 1 - 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 four and five minutes.Task typesTest formatPart 2 - you will be given a card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. You will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic.Part 3 - you will be asked further questions about the topic in Part 2. These will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issues. This part of the test lasts between four and five minutes.Introduction and interviewLong turnDiscussionTask typeTest formatMatching60 minutesThe Reading section consists of 40 questions, designed 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.Multiple choiceIdentifying informationSentence completionIdentifying writer’s views/claimsMatching informationDiagram label completionShort-answer questionsMatching headingsMatching featuresMatching sentence endingsSummary, note, table, flow-chart completionTest format60 minutesTask 1 - you will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.Task 2 - you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. Responses to both tasks must be in a formal style.Task achievementTask 1Task 2Coherence and cohesionLexical resourceTask responseLexical resourceGrammatical range and accuracy.Coherence and cohesionGrammatical range and accuracy.Task 1Task 260 minutesTest formatTask 1 - you will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.Task 2 - you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view%2c argument or problem. Responses to both tasks must be in a formal style.Task responseLexical resourceLexical resourceTask achievementCoherence and cohesionCoherence and cohesionGrammatical range and accuracy.Grammatical range and accuracy.
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