All you need to know about IELTS

IELTS International English Language Testing System

IELTS is the most popular English language test taken for study purposes and immigration to the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. There are three versions of the test: Academic IELTS, General Training IELTS and IELTS Life Skills.

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IELTS structure

Структура теста IELTS

Academic VS General
You may choose between IELTS Academic and IELTS General depending on your final goal. IELTS Academic is designed for people who wish to enter foreign universities or seek for career opportunities in a foreign country. IELTS General is necessary for those wishing to obtain a second education in an English-speaking country, as well as for those migrating to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.


Reading is the second part of the test, which lasts for 60 minutes. The total number of questions is 40. During your performance, you are allowed to take notes. However, the answers must be moved to a separate Reading Answer Sheet.

Analytical Writing Assessment


The total duration of the Listening Section is 40 minutes, of which 30 minutes are given to perform tasks and 10 minutes to transfer the answers. This section applies to both IELTS Academic and IELTS General.

Integrated Reasoning


Within 60 minutes, you need to write 2 essays. Written assignments for IELTS General and IELTS Academic are different. It is important to have a definite number of words in your essay.

Quantitative GMAT


During the Speaking section you talk to a person, a professional rater. The rater assesses different language aspects including the complexity of the language, the richness of speech, the variety of grammatical constructions, etc.

Verbal GMAT


  • The Speaking section is recorded;
  • Both the Listening Section and the Speaking section have identical tasks on IELTS Academic and IELTS General;
  • The test exists in paper and computer versions;
  • In case of delay, you may not be allowed to take the test;
  • You have an opportunity to file an appeal within 6 weeks.

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