IELTS Test Format

Which test format is for you, and how do they differ?

The IELTS test is offered in two formats, Academic and General Training. Not sure which one to take? Read on to find out which test format will suit your needs.

IELTS Academic

The IELTS Academic test has been developed if you wish to study at university or college as an undergraduate or postgraduate student or join or gain entry into a professional institution.

IELTS is accepted by over 10,000 institutions worldwide, including universities, colleges and employers in English-speaking countries and beyond.

IELTS General Training

Don’t like taking academic tests? The good news is you may not need to. The IELTS General Training test has been developed to test your English in a practical, real-life situation.​

You may need the IELTS General Training test for entry into secondary education, a college or education training centre, or to migrate to an English speaking country.

If you are in doubt as to which test to take, you should contact the organisation you are applying to, in order to check their requirements.

Watch this short tutorial to better understand which IELTS test to choose: Academic or General Training


Download this booklet which contains important information to help you prepare for your IELTS test.

Please note: If you are in doubt as to which test to take - IELTS Academic or General Training test -

you should contact the organisation you are applying to, in order to check their requirements.