The Listening module in IELTS Academic is similar to the one in IELTS general training. In the IELTS Listening section, there are 4 tasks to be completed. In a task, there will be 1 recording with 10 questions. In total, there will be 40 questions and the total time is 30 minutes. Candidates will be given 10 minutes to transfer their answers to the answer sheet.

Recording Details

Section 1: 10 questions (General conversation between 2 English natives)
Section 2: 10 questions (Monologue on the general topic)
Section 3: 10 questions (Conversation between 2-4 people around academics)
Section 4: 10 questions (Monologue on an academic topic)


For IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training, the reading section is different for test-takers. Test takers get 60 minutes to complete this section of IELTS Reading. 40 questions are to be answered in this section.

For IELTS Academic Reading, the reading passages are of medium length and they are taken from journals, books, magazines, and newspapers. The writing styles of most of these reading excerpts ranging from descriptive, factual, discursive, and analytical. In all these passages, a test-taker has to recognize the purpose, attitude, or opinions present in writers behind writing these.

As the types of passages are different in IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training, the difficulty levels are also different. These tasks also check the candidate’s focus on detail and their skills of understanding relationships between two factors and analytical skills.


Like IELTS Reading, IELTS Writing is different for both Academic and General Training test takers. In this section, test takers have to complete 2 tasks in 60 minutes.

Types of IELTS Writing

  • For Task 1, the test taker gets a minimum of 20 minutes. The word limit to complete Task 1 is 150 words.
  • Similarly, for Task 2, the test-taker gets a minimum time of 40 minutes. The word limit for the 2nd task is 250 words.

Every piece of information should be relevant enough to complete a writing task. Test takers should write down all the important information given through graphical representation. Examiners mark the test takers on basis of 4-5 criteria like task achievement or task response, coherence, lexical resource, and grammatical accuracy.


This section is like a face-to-face interview between the test taker and the examiner. In IELTS Speaking, grammar, accuracy, coherence and fluency, lexical resources, and pronunciation of each candidate are assessed in 11-14 minutes.

Types of IELTS Speaking Task

Test takers have to complete 3 tasks in this section

  • In Task 1, the test-taker has to give a general introduction like education, home, family, and work. Time: 4-5minutes.
  • The test-taker has to pick up a task card for choosing a topic to talk about with the examiner for Task 2. Time: 3-4 minutes (including preparation time).
  • In Task 3, the examiner will discuss whatever said by the test taker in Task 2. Time: 4-5 minutes.

These tasks check the ability of the candidates to communicate their views on everyday topics, any given topic, and the ability to justify what they have said.

This section is also the same for both the IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.