IELTS General Training

IELTS General Training, prepared for life

IELTS General Training

IELTS General Training is designed for practical, everyday life. It is the only test accepted by all immigration authorities that ask for an English Language test. 

You communicate all day long, from reading the newspaper to ordering a coffee. IELTS General Training is designed to test these everyday skills. It’s not focused on academic or technical English. It simply uses the type of language and situations you find in a normal day. 

IELTS General Training is accepted for migration, secondary education, and work experience.

(Please always check with your recognising organisation to check which IELTS test you need.)

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IELTS General Training


IELTS General Training is the test to take for global migration



It is the only English Language test accepted by Australia, Canada, New Zealand
and United Kingdom immigration authorities.

Everyday Language

Everyday language

Reading and Writing tests use language you find in your everyday life.
It’s not focussed on academic or technical English.

Human Speaking Test

Human Speaking test

All Speaking tests are conducted with an IELTS examiner. Our examiners are trained
to understand a range of accents to give you a fair assessment.

Choose how you take your test

Test choice

Available to take on paper or computer with a range of preparation products
to get you ready for test day. 

The difference between IELTS General Training and IELTS Academic

IELTS General Training tests your everyday English language and is accepted for migration in English-Speaking Countries. Whether you need to immigrate to Australia, Canada, UK or New Zealand, IELTS is the answer for you.

IELTS Academic focuses on academic language and is required if you wish to study at university or college or gain professional registration. Thousands of educational institutes, universities, colleges and professional regulators trust accept IELTS. 

Listening Test

IELTS Listening is the same for General Training and Academic. It requires you to listen to four recordings and respond to a series of questions. 

Speaking Test

IELTS Speaking is the same for General Training and Academic. It consists of a face-to-face interview and takes 11-14 minutes. 

Difference in test sections:

Reading Test - General Training

IELTS General Training Reading consists of 3 sections with a total of 40 questions. The text comes from books, magazines, newspapers, notices and advertisements. These are materials you are likely to find daily in an English-speaking environment.

The Academic test includes longer texts that are more focused on academic language. 

Writing Test – General Training

IELTS General Training Writing consists of 2 tasks. The first task is focused on writing a letter and the second task requires you to write a short essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.

The Academic test requires you to interrupt a graph or diagram and write an essay. 

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