IELTS Academic

IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. IELTS is required for entry to university in the UK and other countries.

What is the IELTS Academic test like?


The Academic version of IELTS is harder than the general version. All candidates do the same Listening and Speaking sections.
The test has four sections


4 sections, 40 questions, 30 minutes
Section 1: a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
Section 2: a monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.
Section 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.
Section 4: a monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.
Each section is heard once only. They include a range of accents, including British, Australian, New Zealand, American and Canadian.




An interview, 11-14 minutes
Part 1 Introduction and interview
Part 2 Individual long turn - you have to talk about a given topic for up to 2 minutes.
Part 3 Two-way discussion (The examiner asks further questions which are connected to the topic of Part 2.)





3 long reading passages, 40 questions, 60 minutes
Each section contains one long text. Texts are from books, journals, magazines and newspapers.




Part 1: describe, summarise or explain the information in a graph, table, chart or diagram
Part 2: write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem



Level and scores


Multi-level. You get a score between 1 and 9. Half scores such as 6.5 are possible.Universities often demand a minimum IELTS score of 6.0 or 7.0. They may also demand a minimum score of 6.0 in each of the 4 sections.