About IELTS

IELTS has been proven and is trusted worldwide to provide a secure, global, authentic and customer-focused test that measures true ability to communicate in English across all four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

IELTS is the preferred test of English for students intending to study in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the USA.

IELTS is recognised by over 10,000 organisations, including educational institutions, government agencies and professional organisations, in 140 countries.

Test modules

IELTS offers two modules:

  • Academic
  • General Training.

Both modules cover all four language skills:

  • listening
  • reading
  • writing
  • speaking.

The reading and writing tests are different for the Academic and General Training modules.

All candidates sit the same listening and speaking tests, but sit different reading and writing tests, so it is essential that you are enrolled in the right module.

Academic module

Our Academic module is usually used for candidates who want to:

  • begin undergraduate or postgraduate studies in English
  • earn professional recognition.

This module is available to all students regardless of their intended area of study.

Listening (30 minutes)

The listening test includes 4 recorded monologues and conversations.

Reading (60 minutes)

You must read 3 long passages of text followed by a test. The texts include descriptive, factual, discursive and analytical information, and feature non-verbal content such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations.

The texts have been taken from books, journals and newspapers.

Writing (60 minutes)

You must write:

  • at least 150 words that summarise, describe or explain a table, graph, chart or diagram
  • a short essay of 250 words.

Speaking (15 minutes)

You'll participate in a face-to-face interview, which will include short questions and a structured discussion.

General Training module

Our General Training module is usually used for candidates who want to:

  • migrate to an English-speaking country
  • train or study below a degree level.

The exercises and texts from this module are suitable for workplace and social situations.

Listening (30 minutes)

The listening test includes 4 recorded monologues and conversations.

Reading (60 minutes)

You must read 3 long passages of text followed by a test. The 3 passages will include:

  • 2-3 short factual texts
  • 2 short work-related, factual texts
  • a longer text on a general interest topic.

Writing (60 minutes)

You'll need to write:

  • a letter of at least 150 words
  • an essay of at least 250 words.

Speaking (15 minutes)

You'll participate in a face-to-face interview, which will include short questions and a structured discussion.

Which test module should I take?

We cannot advise you as to which module you need to take. You must check which module to take with the organisation or institution requesting the test before you apply.

Contacts

IELTS test centre

  • Postal address:
    QUT IELTS test centre - QUT International College
    P Block, QUT Kelvin Grove, Victoria Park Road
    Kelvin Grove, QLD, 4059