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IELTS Academic

The IELTS Academic test is for people applying for higher education or professional registration in an English speaking environment. It reflects some of the features of academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training. This approach is widely supported by the institutions that recognise IELTS.

IELTS Academic test can be used if you want to:

  • Study at either undergraduate 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 a professional organization in an English speaking country.

Note: If you are applying to a UK university that has requested you to take an IELTS for UKVI (Visas and Immigration), Please note that ICD is not offering IELTS UKVI , to book your IELTS UKVI Exam, visit .
IELTS is only being conducted at ICD Lahore branch.

IELTS Academic Test Format:

Test duration: 2 hours and 45 mins


Paper
ContentDescription
Listening
(30 Minutes)
No. of questions = 40
A variety of question:
-Multiple choice
-Matching
-Labelling
-Sentence completion

4 Recordings will be played and can only be heard once.
· Recording 1 – a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
· Recording 2 – a monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.

· Recording 3 – a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.

· Recording 4 – a monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.
Reading
( 60 Minutes )
No. of questions = 40

Assessment of skills below:
-Skim reading
-Reading for main ideas
-Reading for detail
-Understanding logical arguments
– Purpose recognition
· Three long reading passages with tasks (including diagrams, graphs or illustrations
· Texts range from descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical.
Writing
(60 Minutes)
No. of Tasks = 2
– One written task to describe, explain or summarize text or diagrams (minimum 150 words)

– One essay task (minimum 250 words).
Task 1 – you will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarize or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.
Task 2 – you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem.
Speaking
( 10 – 15 minutes)
Face-to-face interview with your examiner including short questions about familiar topics and speaking in detail about one topic.

Please note: depending on the test centre location, you may be required to give your speaking exam on the same day of IELTS exam. You may confirm it from test center.
· Part 1 – the examiner will ask you general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between four and five minutes.
· Part 2 – you will be given a card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. You will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic.

· Part 3 – you will be asked further questions about the topic in Part 2. These will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issues. This part of the test lasts between four and five minutes.

IELTS General Training

The IELTS General Training test is for those who are going to English speaking countries for secondary education, work experience or training programs. It is also a requirement for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The test focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts.

IELTS General Training test can be used if you want to:

  • Study at below degree level
  • Work in an English speaking country
  • Emigrate to an English speaking country
  • Get a better job in your own country.

Note: If you want to emigrate to UK and you are requested to take an IELTS for UKVI (Visas and Immigration), Please note that ICD is not offering IELTS UKVI , to book your IELTS UKVI Exam, visit .

Test Format:

Test duration: 2 hours and 45 mins

PaperContentDescription
Listening
(30 Minutes)
No. of questions = 40

A variety of question:
-Multiple choice
-Matching
-Labelling
-Sentence completion

4 Recordings will be played and can only be heard once.
• Recording 1 – a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
• Recording 2 – a monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.
• Recording 3 – a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.
• Recording 4 – a monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.
Reading
( 60 Minutes )

No. of questions = 40

Assessment of skills below:
-Skim reading
-Reading for main ideas
-Reading for detail
-Understanding logical arguments
- Purpose recognition
Three reading passages with tasks:
• Section 1 - two short or three short factual texts
• Section 2 - two short work-related, factual texts
• Section 3 - one longer text on a topic of general interest
Writing
(60 Minutes)
• No. of Tasks = 2

- Letter writing task (minimum 150 words)
- Short essay writing task (minimum 250 words).
Task 1 - you will be presented with a situation and asked to write a letter requesting information, or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style.
Task 2 - you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be fairly personal in style
Speaking
( 10 – 15 minutes)
Face-to-face interview with your examiner including short questions about familiar topics and speaking in detail about one topic.

Please note: depending on the test centre location, you may be required to give your speaking exam on the same day of IELTS exam. You may confirm it from test center.
• Part 1 - the examiner will ask you general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between four and five minutes.
• Part 2 - you will be given a card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. You will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic.
• Part 3 - you will be asked further questions about the topic in Part 2. These will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issues. This part of the test lasts between four and five minutes.

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