IELTS General Training – This test is for those test-takers who plan to migrate to English speaking countries like Canada, New Zealand, UK, etc. IELTS General training is also meant for those who wish to train or to study at below degree level.
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.
General Training Reading module has three sections . Section 1 may be a composite type of question that consists of 6-8 short texts that are connected by a topic e.g. a sample brochure. Section 2 may contain two factual related text materials that are work-related issues e.g. office facilities, job applications, etc. Section 3 contains one longer, more complex text on a subject of general interest.
In the Reading module, one receives 1 mark for each correct answer. The scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS band scale of 0-9.
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 General Writing Module, Task 1 is on Letter writing.This could be formal, semi-formal or informal depending on the situation presented. Task 2 deals with writing an essay on a given topic.