IELTS Academic Training- IELTS Academic Training is for those test-takers who desire to study at under-graduate or post-graduate levels. This test is also for those who need professional registration.
There are certain organizations which need candidates to take up General Training and some which may require Academic Training. In certain cases, both Academic and General Training may be accepted for entry level requirement.
All the four language skills are tested like listening, reading, writing and speaking. In certain cases, there could be an exemption due to a disability. Kindly check the IELTS official site and go through the section on ”Special Requirements”.
The Listening and Speaking Tests are the same for both Academic and General Modules. The difference lies in the Reading and Writing Tests for IELTS General and Academic Training.
It is important to note that Listening, Writing and Reading tests have to be completed on the same day, in one sitting. The order of the tests may vary. No breaks are given between these three tests. The Speaking Test could be allotted upto seven days before the test or even upto seven days after the test.
The Listening Test has 40 questions spread over 4 sections. It is a 30 minutes’ test along with an additional time of 10 minutes for transferring answers to the answer sheet. Section 1 is conversation-based. Section 2 is a monologue based on a social context in daily life. Section 3 is on a conversation. Section 4 is a monologue on an academic subject e.g. a lecture by a Professor in a University.
The Speaking Test has three sections – Personal Introduction, a Speaking task with instructions on a prompt card and finally, an abstract question(s) which is connected to the second task and is a two-way discussion. The Speaking Test is between 11-14 minutes.
The Reading Test has 40 questions spread over 60 minutes, with no additional transfer time.
Academic Training Reading module has three sections with each section containing one lengthy text (2,150 – 2,170 words). The text materials are extracts from journals, newspapers, magazines and books. The text may range from the descriptive to the analytical type of question. There could also be non-verbal materials such as graphs, illustrations or diagrams.
The Writing Module has two tasks spread over 60 minutes. The first task is of 20 minutes duration and the minimum word limit prescribed is 150 words. The second task is of 40 minutes duration and the minimum word limit prescribed is 250 words.
In both the tasks, a test-taker is assessed on his/her ability to write a response which would be suitable in terms of content, organization of ideas, the suitable usage of vocabulary and correctness of English grammar.
In Academic Writing Module, Task 1 is on Report Writing. This report is based on a line graph, bar graph, pie chart, flow chart, process chart, pictorial chart, etc. Sometimes, the task may be a combination of two graphs. The task is to interpret the diagram meaningfully, providing clarity and using a suitable language for graphs. The second task is writing an essay on a given subject.
Task 2 contributes twice as much as Task1 to a test-taker’s Writing Score.
The Results are normally available within two business weeks after giving the test.