Writing Task 2, Listening and Speaking are same for both the Tests. However, there is a slight difference in Writing Task 1 and Reading.
Writing Task 2 is an essay based question where candidate is presented a problem and he/she has to present both sides of the coin and glide to a conclusion. Candidate is given 40 minutes to write an essay of 250 words.
Listening is a series of audios related to which a questionnaire is to be filled. There are 4 audio recordings which last between 30-40 minutes. Candidate has to respond to 40 questions.
In Speaking test, candidate is interviewed by an examiner to check his/her fluency of the language. This test includes 3 parts: The Interview, A Cue Card followed by a Discussion. It lasts between 10-15 minutes.
IELTS Academic Writing Task 1:
You are to describe and analyze the data given in one of the following formats.
- Line Graph
- Pie Chart
- Bar Chart
IELTS General Writing Task 1:
You have to write a letter in one of the shadowing styles.
- Formal (To a stranger)
- Informal (To a friend or family)
- Semi-Formal (To someone you know formally)
You get 20 minutes to execute this task and must write at least 150 words.
- 3 long passages with increasing difficulty
- Academic texts like textbook extracts, newspaper or journal articles.
- Academic topics like Science, History etc.
IELTS General Reading Test:
The general reading test consists of:
- 4 passages increasing in length and difficulty.
- Everyday style texts.
- Texts related to social survival; workplace endurance and some general texts.
Candidate gets one hour to complete his/her reading test. Both tests include 40 questions in total.
Let’s get to some examples to make it crystal clear.
Sophie went to Vancouver last year, where she met her knight in shining armor. Now she has decided to move on to Canada to live with her love of life. As a part of application of immigration, she would have to clear IELTS General.
Alex has applied for the job in London in an IT company. The company asked for his evidence of English compatibility. In that case, Alex has to go for IELTS Academic.
Rahul has applied for Bachelors of Business Administration from University of Melbourne. To be considered for acceptance in Bachelors program, he would have to give IELTS Academic Test.
Saloni is a lawyer from India. She has decided to move in to Canada for better job opportunities. In order to get certified by Bar Association of Canada, she would have to complete her IELTS Academic first.
So, this was all about IELTS General versus Academic. If you are still unsure to which test to choose, do not hesitate to contact us.
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