IELTS Listening Practice Test:
The IELTS Listening test is 30 minutes long (plus 10 minutes transfer time) and is four separate recordings. The Listening test is the same for both Academic and General Training tests.
IELTS Listening test sections:
There are four sections:
Section 1 is a conversation between two people set in an everyday context (eg. a conversation in an accommodation agency)
Section 2 is a monologue set in an everyday social context (eg. a speech about local families)
Section 3 is a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context (eg. a university tutor and student discussing an assignment)
Section 4 is a monologue on an academic subject (eg. a university lecture)
IELTS Academic Reading Practice Test
The IELTS Academic Reading test is 60 minutes long.
IELTS Academic Reading Test Parts:
There are 3 sections. The total text length is 2,150-2,750 words.
- Each section contains one long text.
- Texts are authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been written for a non-specialist audience and are on academic topics of general interest.
- Texts are appropriate to, and accessible to, test-takers entering undergraduate or postgraduate courses, or seeking professional registration.
- Texts range from descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical.
- Texts may contain non-verbal materials, such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations.
- If texts contain technical terms, a simple glossary is provided.
IELTS Academic Reading Question types
A variety of questions is used, chosen from the following types: multiple choice, identifying information, identifying writer’s views/claims, matching information, matching headings, matching features, matching sentence endings, sentence completion, summary completion, note completion, table completion, flow-chart completion, diagram label completion, short-answer questions.
Each correct answer receives 1 mark. Scores out of 40 are converted to the IELTS 9-band scale. Scores are reported in whole and half bands.
IELTS Academic Writing Practice Test
The IELTS Academic Writing test is 60 minutes long.
IELTS Academic Test Sections
The IELTS Academic test consists of two tasks. Candidates are required to write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2. Both responses should be written in a formal style.
You will be asked to describe some visual information (graph/table/chart/diagram), and to present the description in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works, or describe an object or event. You need to write 150 words in about 20 minutes.
You will be presented with a point of view, argument or problem. You need to write 250 words in about 40 minutes.
IELTS Speaking Practice Test
In the IELTS Speaking test, you have a discussion with a certified Examiner. It is interactive and as close to a real-life situation as a test can get.
The test is 11 to 14 minutes long with three parts:
- In Part 1, you answer questions about yourself, your family, your work and your interests.
- In Part 2, you speak about a topic. You will be given a task card which asks you to speak about a particular topic and includes points that you can cover in your talk. You will be given 1 minute to prepare your talk. You will then speak for 1-2 minutes.
- In Part 3, you have a longer discussion on the topic. The examiner will ask you further questions connected to the topic in Part 2.