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Everything you need to know about the IELTS test pattern

This is a short and simple, yet informative blog for anyone who wants to start preparing for IELTS test. After a thorough read of this blog you will have a better understanding of the exam pattern.

IELTS examination has two modules:

  1. ACADEMIC (for students)
  2. GENERAL (for anyone who wants to go abroad to any English speaking country)


  1. LISTENING– This section of the IELTS exam is where students need to hear different sound tracks and then answer the questions based on them. The sound tracks have four sections
    a. dialouge (2 people),
    b. monolouge,
    c.dialouge(upto 4 people)
    d. academics monolouge.
    Students have 30 minutes for listening the track, and extra 10 minutes to transfer the answers. There are in total 40 questions related to the track.

2. READING– Time allotted for reading is 60 minutes. There are 40 questions in total divided into 3 sections of passages starting from easiest to last one being the most difficult. The first passage is allotted 15 minutes, second 20 minutes and 25 minutes for the third one. No extra time is given for transferring the answers.

  1. WRITING– Writing is divided into two sections Task 1 and Task 2.
    For general IELTS the student has to write a letter with 150 word count and essay of 250 words.
    For academic IELTS there is report writing, again for 150 words and essay for 250 words.
  1. SPEAKING– The speaking task generally lasts for 12-15 minutes. It is a one on one interview with 3 sections.
    A. General Introduction with day to day topics.
    B. Cue card where the student gets one minute to prepare for the topic and then has to speak for two minutes on the same.
    C. Follow up questions where the the interviewer discusses and asks questions about the same topic on the Cue card.

Reading, writing and listening are conducted on the same day whereas the speaking task is conducted on a separate day.

By Mansi Dangwal

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