The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It uses a nine-band scale to clearly identify levels of proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9). Judging from the types of its purposes, the IELTS test practically has got different two categories: the Academic test (or module) and the General Training test. Such a module that you plan to take will depend on the reason that you are taking it for.

For example, the Academic Module is for those people who are trying to gain entry into undergraduate or postgraduate educational courses or for the professional reasons. The General Training test on the other hand is for those people who wish to join some sort of vocational or training courses, secondary schools or for immigration purposes. Regardless to its distinctive classifications, both the Academic and the General Training modules aim to demonstrate and reflect a variety of real life situations in order to test whether a candidate will be able to survive in English speaking society and the academic environments.

After all, the IELTS test (both Academic and the General Training modules) are accordingly divided into four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. As for the listening and speaking parts, they are exactly the same within the Academic and the General Training modules. However, the other two sections which cover Reading and Writing tests are the different parts. Thus, the format or the general structure of IELTS test itself is practically summarized from the picture below.

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