There are two categories of IELTS test to choose from, IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training. All test takers take similar Listening and Speaking tests but dissimilar Reading and Writing tests. To ensure that you prepare for the correct version of the test.

Using the practice materials in this section will enable you to:

  • Familiarise yourself with the test format
  • Experience the categories of tasks you will be asked to take up
  • Test yourself under the timed conditions
  • Evaluate your answers and compare them with model answers.

Test Structure

There are two categories of IELTS test to choose from, IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training.  IELTS can help you move around different countries, for study purposes or apply for jobs you’ve always wanted to or simply exhibit that you have improved your English. The test applicants should choose depends on what’s your Plan Abroad. Prior to booking your test, make a point to check which test you need with the organizations you are applying to. IELTS is available in Academic – for individuals applying for higher education or professional registration, and General -for those moving to Australia, Canada and the UK, or applying for secondary education, Training Programmes and work experience in an English-Speaking Environment. Both versions provide a valid and precise assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

The IELTS Academic test is for individuals applying for Higher education or Professional enrolment in an English-speaking country. It mirrors some of the features of academic language and evaluates whether you are ready to begin studying or Training.

Academic IELTS

The IELTS General Training test is for the individuals who are going to English speaking countries for work experience, secondary education schooling, or training programs. It is additionally a necessity for migration to countries like Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The text emphasises basic survival skills in a broad social and workplace context.

General IELTS

Enroll for IELTS classes now!

+91 8527027070

Types of IELTS

There are different types of IELTS tests you can take. IELTS can help you move around the world, get the job you’ve always wanted or just demonstrate that you have improved your English. The test you should choose depends on what you want to do. Before booking your test, make sure to check which test you need with the organisations you are applying to.

Paper based IELTS

Paper-based IELTS: Paper-based IELTS is a Test of four Skills: IELTS is a task-based test covering the four language abilities (listening, reading, writing and speaking).

There are two kinds of IELTS: Academic and General Training. Listening and Speaking are similar for the two tests, but the subject matter of the Reading and Writing segments varies depending on which test you take. All of the IELTS tests: Listening, Reading and Writing sections are to be completed on the same day, without any breaks in between them. The Speaking section, however, can be completed up to seven days prior to or after the other tests. Your test Centre will decide the same. The overall total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Computer-delivered IELTS

Take IELTS on Computer 

IELTS Academic and General Training testing provides more choices to our test takers and stakeholders while maintaining all of the test’s existing safety, trust and integrity.

With computer-delivered IELTS there are more available test dates, test takers can choose IELTS at a time convenient for them, and they will receive their results in 5 to 7 days.

The Test Report Form, content, timing and structure of the test is similar whether you take the test on paper or on the computer and the Speaking test is invariably face-to-face with a certified IELTS Examiner.

If Test takers choose to take computer-delivered IELTS, they will have to take the Listening, Reading and Writing test using a computer. All parts of the test are identical to paper-based IELTS, including Question types, Content, Timings*, Marking

The timings are slightly different from the paper-based test, in the computer-delivered Listening test. This is on grounds the paper-based test requires users to transfer answers to an answer sheet. This step becomes nonessential when answering directly on a computer.

Before the beginning of each part of the Listening test, students will have some time to read the questions. After the end of each part of the Listening test, they will have some time to review the answers. At the end of the Listening test, students will have 2 minutes to check your answers. Listening test timing is between 30 – 34 minutes on a computer-delivered IELTS Test.


UK Visas and Immigration-UKVI is a division of the Home Office accountable for the United Kingdom’s visa framework. It was framed in 2013 from the segment of the UK Border Agency that had administered the visa framework.

All you require to know about the UK Visa and Immigration approved IELTS:

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test for any individual who wants to pursue an academic or professional career internationally. It incorporates IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.

In the event that you are applying for a UK visa, you have to take an IELTS test approved for UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) purposes known as IELTS for UKVI. This applies to everybody originating from a non-English speaking nation. Although there is no change in the content, format or level of difficulty and scoring, IELTS for UKVI basically follows certain additional security protocols to ensure the authenticity of the test taker. Likewise, the Test Report Form (TRF) may look slightly different from the one given for IELTS Academic or General Training. The Academic for UKVI test is similar to the Academic test as far as format, content, scoring and the level of difficulty is concerned. The fee for this exam is INR 15,050.

‘IELTS for UKVI’ is a UK government endorsed Secure English Language Test (SELT). This infers that IELTS can be utilized to exhibit your English language abilities in support of a UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application. There are many categories of visa, for which you should present an English language qualification which is included on the UK Home Office’s list of Secure English Language Tests (SELT tests). There are two broad categories of IELTS tests on this list and have been approved for UK Visas and Immigration purposes:

Test Version Purpose
IELTS Academic** This test is for test takers wishing to learn at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those looking for professional enlistment in the UK.


IELTS General training This test is for test takers wishing to migrate to the UK and for those wishing to train or study below degree level.



**IELTS for UKVI (Academic) is also available delivered on the computer in a few locations.

IELTS (Academic or General Training)

In case you’re applying for Tier 1 and Tier 2 visas to the UK, it is advisable for you to take this test.

IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training for UKVI is proposed to meet certain administrative prerequisites that are specified by the UK Home Office.

The real test taken is just the same as IELTS, same content, format, level of difficulty, examiners, and scoring, etc. The difference is in the client venture on the test day. Test Report Forms will be marginally different, to show that you have gone through the test at an IELTS UK visa session.

IELTS Indicator

IELTS Indicator being an online test can be taken not only to demonstrate Language skills but also taking care of the safety and comfort of your home, provided there is an internet facility available. Being an official IELTS, one can easily trust this test. This test includes – Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking modules, and follows the same format, structure, difficulty level, content and timing. Moreover, since questions are marked by real IELTS examiners and markers, this test becomes a reliable source to provide an accurate IELTS score. 

The IELTS Indicator test is held once a week at a scheduled time, and the result is declared within seven days. To add on, IELTS Indicator result includes an indicative band score for each module and an overall IELTS band score. However, not all educational organisations are accepting it. Therefore, one must check with the university on whether they are accepting it before booking the test. Also, the fees for this exam is USD 149. 

How does IELTS Indicator work?

First of all, as it is a live test, there should be a working camera installed on a system one is planning to appear for the test with reliable internet connectivity. Both IELTS and IELTS INDICATOR have same test format be it attempting Listening, Reading and Writing at a stretch approximately 2 hours 45 minutes, or one-to-one Speaking with a qualified examiner for IELTS over a video call. Further, this test is allocated with certain starting time and duration. Also, you can neither have pause nor come back later options during the test.

You must have a passport as an identity document with you before appearing for the test. 

Please note that IELTS Indicator test is made available only as an Academic Test to support pupils who wish to progress their applications for university and college during COVID-19 crisis, not for the immigration purpose.