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IELTS Academic Module © * has been designed for those who are going to obtain degrees in English-speaking countries. As the General one, IELTS Academic consists of four parts: Listening (30 minutes), Reading (60 minutes), Writing (60 minutes) and Speaking (13-15 minutes). The difference between IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training is in the Reading and Writing sections.

Academic Reading

The Reading part includes 40 questions. A variety of question types is used in order to test a wide range of reading skills. These include matching, identifying information and opinion, completion, short-answer and multiple-choice questions.

The Academic Reading Module contains three long texts which range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical. The texts are authentic and are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. These have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for people entering university courses or seeking professional registration.

Academic Writing

The Writing part of IELTS Academic includes two tasks. Topics are of general interest, and suitable for test takers entering undergraduate and postgraduate educational institution

Task 1

You will be presented with a visual, which can be a graph, table, chart or diagram, and asked to describe, summarise 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. Tasks can be of different types such as an opinion, advantage/disadvantage, solution, cause/effect or mixed -type essay.

Responses to both tasks must be in a formal register.

* The information above is provided by IELTS Partners 2009–2016. © IELTS Partners defined as the British Council, IELTS Australia Pty Ltd (solely owned by IDP Education Pty Ltd) and Cambridge English Language Assessment.