General Training or Academic
The IELTS Test provides two testing options - General Training and Academic. IELTS Academic measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment. IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. Which one you take depends on the requirements of the organisation you are applying to
The IELTS test (whether you take General Training or Academic) comprises four components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. You will take the Listening, Reading and Writing tests all on the same day, one after the other, with no breaks in between. Depending on your test centre, your Speaking test may be on the same day as the other three tests, or up to seven days before or after that. The total test time is under three hours.