IELTS Academic Test Format in 2024[Updated]

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What is IELTS Academic Test Format?

IELTS Comprises of Four Components.

All candidates take the same listening and speaking tests.

There is a choice of Reading and Writing Tests according to whether a candidate is taking the academic or general training module.

Academic General Training
*For Candidates wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration.For candidates wishing to migrate to an English speaking country (Australia, Canada,New Zealand,UK) and for those wishing to train or study below degree level

The test components are taken in the order as:

Listening: 4 Parts :40 items:30 Minutes are given
Academic Reading Or General Training Reading
3 Sections,40 Items 3 Sections,40 Items
60 Minutes 60 Minutes
Academic Writing Or General Training Writing
2 Tasks 2 Tasks
60 Minutes 60 Minutes
11 to 14 Minutes
Total Test Time
2 Hours 44 Minutes

IELTS Academic Test Format consists of 4 Modules:(LRWS)





1.Listening Module

This test consists of four parts , each with ten questions.

The first two parts are concerned with social needs .

The first part is a conversation between two speakers and the second part is a monologue.

The final two parts are concerned with situations related to educational or training contexts

The third part is a conversation between up to four people and the fourth part is a monologue

  • A variety of questions types is used, including :
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Matching
  • Plan/map/diagram labelling
  • Form completion
  • Note completion
  • Table completion
  • Flowchart completion
  • Summary completion
  • Sentence completion
  • Short answer questions

Candidates hear the recording once only and answer the questions as they listen.

Key Takeaways: “Ten minutes are allowed at the end for candidates to transfer their answers to answer sheet”

2.Reading Module

The Reading Module in IELTS test consists of three sections with 40 questions.

There are three texts, which are taken from newspapers, journals, magazines etc.

Well, the texts are on topics of general interest.

  • A variety of questions types is used including:
  • Multiple choice
  • Identifying information(True/False/Not given)
  • Matching information
  • Identifying the writers views/claims(Yes/NO/Not given)
  • Matching features
  • Matching headings
  • Sentence completions
  • Matching sentence endings
  • Note completion
  • Summary completion
  • Flowchart completion
  • Table completion
  • Short answer questions
  • Diagram-label completions

Key Takeaways: “Academic Reading module consists of 3 sections , with 40 items and 60 minutes is allotted”

3.Writing Module

This test consists of two task.

It is suggested that candidates spend about 20 minutes on Task 1, which requires them to write at least 150 words and 40 minutes on Task2 which requires them to write at least 250 words.

Task 2 contributes twice as much as Task1 to the writing score.

Task1 requires candidates to look at a diagram or some data ( in a graph, table or chart) and to present the information in their own words.

They are assessed on their ability to organize ,present and possibly compare data and are required to describe the stages of a process, describe an object or event or explain how something works

For Task 2, candidates are presented with a point of view, argument or problem. They are assessed on their ability to present a solution to the problem, present and justify an opinion compare and contrast evidence and opinions

and to evaluate and challenge ideas, evidence or arguments.

Candidates are also accessed on their ability to write in an appropriate style. More information on assessing the writing test, including writing assessment criteria (public version) is available at

Key Takeaways: “Academic Writing module consists of 2 tasks , and 60 minutes is allotted”

4.Speaking Module

This test takes between 11 and 14 minutes and is conducted by a trainer examiner.

Well, there are three parts: Which are given below:


The candidate and the examiner introduce themselves.

Candidates then answers general questions about themselves , family/home, jobs/studies and their interests.

This part lasts between four and five minutes.


The candidates is given a task card with prompts and is asked to talk on a particular topic.

The candidate has one minute to prepare and they can make some notes if they wish before speaking for between one and two minutes .

The examinee then asks one or two questions on the same topic.


The examiner and the candidate engage in a discussion of more abstract issues which are linked to the topic discussed in part 2.

The discussion lasts between four and five minutes.

The speaking test assesses whether candidates can communicate effectively in English.

The assessment takes into account fluency and coherence, grammatical range, lexical resources, range and accuracy and pronunciations.

Key Takeaways: “Academic Speaking module consists of 3 parts , and 11-14 minutes is allotted”

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