Academic IELTS Demystified

The IELTS preparation comprises taking test for two modules. They are the Academic module and General Training module. These tests are organized for all the four test sections i.e. the Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking test sections. The Academic IELTS aims at assessing those students who want to take IELTS for getting admission to an undergraduate or a postgraduate course. It differs from the General Training module owing to the aspect that the latter assesses those IELTS aspirants who want to go to an English speaking country to join a vocational course or are immigrants especially to Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

 The three sections of the Academic IELTS and the question types that constitute the sections are as follows:
Academic Reading test

The Reading section of the Academic IELTS consists of three sub sections. Each reading section contains 40 questions based on a reading text per section. These reading texts are derived from various sources such as books, journals, magazines, newspapers etc.

    Multiple-choice questions
    Table completion
    Diagram label completion
    Identifying information
    Identifying writer's views
    Matching headings
    Matching features

Academic Writing test

The academic writing test of the Academic IELTS is of 60 minutes duration and it comprises two writing tasks of 150 words and 250 words each.

    Task 1: This writing task involves describing a chart or a table or a graph in about 150 words.
    Task 2: This writing task invites you to write your own views for or against the supportive statement or argument concerning the given topic.

Academic Speaking test

This test is same for both the Academic IELTS and General training IELTS. It lasts from 11 to 14 minutes. The speaking test of the Academic IELTS is divided into three parts.

    Part 1: It involves speaking about yourself, your family background, your interests etc.
    Part 2: In this part, you have to speak on a given topic.
   Part 3: This part involves elaborating on a topic first and then taking part in a discussion with your interviewer on the same topic.

All the three parts aim at noticing an examinee's way of interaction, task inputs and his/her outputs based on the given inputs.
Academic Listening test

This is same for both the Academic IELTS and General Training IELTS. It involves testing in different ways such as:

    Form Completion: This involves completing a form based on recordings.
    Multiple-Choice: These types of questions comprise choosing an answer based on the IELTS recordings.
    Short Answer and Sentence Completion Questions: These types of questions are based on the recorded monologues and conversations of IELTS.

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