About the IELTS

What is the IELTS Academic & the IELTS General Training?

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an exam designed by the University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations & IDP Education Australia whose purpose is to measure the main skills of the English language: Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking of candidates who need to study or work in an environment where communication is in English .

IELTS Academic It is internationally recognized in educational institutions around the world and immigration authorities. It is the preferred test in many of the universities of the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and also in the USA. IELTS Academic It is required to be admitted to a Postgraduate degree, to apply for a scholarship, to present in Erasmus or to apply for a visa.

The results are sent 13 days after the exam and can also be sent to the institutions to which it is applied, after notification of the code of each university where they want to deliver.

IELTS General Training, the differences between both exams lie in the usefulness of each of them and in the contents of two of their sections: Listening Y Speaking they are the same as in IELTS Academic but the focus of the contents in the other two parts of Writing and Reading, are somewhat easier.

First IELTS Academic, is required for academic issues: Erasmus, Scholarships, Master, MBA and Doctorates and also, visa. While the second IELTS General Training, It is basically requested to apply for a visa that allows you to travel to another country to do low-skilled work: in a bar, on a farm, in commerce or study English. In this case, the results are also obtained 13 days after the official exam. Either of the two exams can be done on paper or on a computer, but not all centers offer both modalities.

Structure and content

Listening 40 30 minutes LISTENING
Reading 40, based on three texts 60 minutes READING
Writing Two written works 60 minutes WRITING
Speaking Conversations and Monologues 15 minutes approximately SPEAKING


Listening Score of: 1 - 9
Reading Score of: 1 - 9
Writing Score of: 1 - 9
Speaking Score of: 1 - 9