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IELTS Academic vs. IELTS General

After a series of decisions, a stack of denials and an Everest of hope, one makes the mind to go for IELTS to go to English Speaking countries. But the biggest question standing in front of this decision is ‘Which Test should be taken? Academic or General?’ At this point of time, almost everyone gets stuck and seeks the expert advice. Well, no need to worry, for we, Tuli’s The Academy bring to you a comprehensive study and factual analysis of both the tests of IELTS so that you can have a priggish apprehension of which test you need to take. Before starting with the choice of test, you need to clear up your mind for the reason you are giving the test of IELTS.

Let me give an overview of the blog.

If you are planning to shoot for an English Speaking University or want some professional registration, you should go for Academic IELTS. And, if you simply want to migrate, then General IELTS is the recommendation. So, I guess you now have got a distorted image of which test should be taken.

Let’s move on to an interesting part.

The Contents of the IELTS Tests.

We already know that IELTS has 4 modules. And for those who don’t know, these are:





Speaking, Listening and Writing Task 2 is the same for both the tests. But, there is a slight difference in Reading and Writing Task 1. Let’s know these modules in detail.

Speaking Test

While giving a Speaking Test, the candidate is interviewed by an examiner, who evaluates his\her fluency of language. The test is divided into 3 parts viz. The Interview, A Cue Card and a Discussion over the cue card. The Speaking test lasts between 10-15 minutes.

Listening Test

Listening Test comprises of a series of audios which relate to the questionnaire given to the candidate. A Listening test is a test of 4 audios which last between 30-40 minutes. A Candidate has to answer 40 questions.

Writing Task 2

Writing Task 2 is basically an essay based question. Most of the time, a problem is presented to Candidate where he/she has to present both sides of the coin and further land to a stabilized conclusion. Candidate gets 40 minutes to write an essay of 250 words.

Now let’s talk about the parts having diversity; Writing Task 1 and Reading Test.

IELTS Academic Writing Task 1

In the IELTS Academic Writing Task 1, a candidate has to analyze and describe the data given in one of the following formats.

  • Bar Chart
  • Pie Chart
  • Table
  • Diagram
  • Line Graph

IELTS General Writing Task 1

You might get asked to write a letter in one of the tailing styles.

  • Semi-Formal (To someone you know formally)
  • Informal (To a friend or a family)
  • Formal (To a Stranger)

You get a total of 20 minutes to execute this task of maximum 150 words.

IELTS Academic Reading Test

The IELTS Academic Reading test consists of

  • 3 long passages with levelling up difficulty
  • Texts like textbook extracts, journal or newspaper articles
  • Academic topics like History, Science etc.

IELTS General Reading Test

The IELTS general reading test consists of

  • 4 passages with a gradual increase in both length and difficulty
  • Texts of everyday styles
  • Texts related to Workplace endurance, social survival and some general texts.

Each candidate gets one hour to get completed with his/her reading test. Both the tests are comprised of 40 questions.

A look at some examples.

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Tessa went to Winnipeg last year, where she met her love of life. Now as she has decided to move in with him and decided to live rest of life there, she would have to apply for General IELTS.

Stefan has applied for a job in Vancouver in an IT Company. When the company asks for the evidence of his English compatibility, he has to present his Academic IELTS Certificate.

Elena has applied for Bachelors of Computer Sciences from University of Perth, Melbourne. To get the acceptance consideration, she would have to go through the IELTS Academic test.

Varsha is a Chartered Accountant from India. She has decided to move to the UK for better job opportunities. To get certified by the Institute of Chartered Accountants, she would have to complete her IELTS Academic first.

So, this was the detailed study of both the tests of IELTS. If you’re still confused or are looking for the best IELTS Institute in Amritsar, do contact us.

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