The test you choose should be based on what it is you want to do. There are two IELTS tests available – IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training.
IELTS can help you with a variety of life choices, like moving abroad, getting the job you’ve always wanted or even just improving your English language skills. So before you book your test, be sure to check which one is right for you.
IELTS Academic measures whether your level of English language proficiency is suitable for an academic environment. It reflects aspects of academic language and evaluates whether you’re ready to begin training or studying.
Take this test if you want to:
- study at an undergraduate level or postgraduate level anywhere in the world
- apply for Tier 4 Student Visa at a university that is a Tier 4 Sponsor in the UK
- work in an English-speaking country for a professional organization.
IELTS General Training
IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and tests reflect both workplace and social situations.
Take this test if you would like to:
- study or train below degree level
- work or undertake work related training in an English-speaking country
- emigrate to an English-speaking country
- get another job in your own country.
Paper or computer
Depending on your preference, IELTS can now be taken on either paper or computer at a number of locations. If you are someone who has special requirements, please register for IELTS on paper – this option is available worldwide and serves the needs of all test takers.
All other aspects of the test are exactly the same, whether it is taken on paper or on computer, including:
- question types
- speaking test delivery
- test report forms
- results verification.
IELTS on Paper
If you choose this option, the Listening, Reading and Writing sections will be paper-based and the Speaking test will be conducted face-to-face with a trained IELTS Examiner.
IELTS on Computer
This is exactly the same test as paper-based IELTS, but instead of writing your answers on paper, you will type them on a computer.
If you select this option, you will take the Listening, Reading and Writing sections on a computer, but the Speaking test will still be face-to-face with a trained IELTS Examiner as this is the most effective way to assess your speaking skills. With computer-delivered IELTS, you will now have more test dates to choose from – and your results will be available in 5-7 days.
Related IELTS Resources
Take a practice test to find out what is your current weakness in terms of IELTS scale and allow more time to improve your weak spots. The following IELTS resources will help you to develop your skills faster: