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Are there different versions in IELTS?

Updated on July 18, 2013


IELTS | Source

Are there different versions in IELTS?

Yes, there are. There are actually two versions in IELTS test

(i) IELTS Academic and

(ii) IELTS General. Depending upon your requirements you will have to select one. Of course, you can’t have the opportunity to take the test in both versions at the same time. You can apply either for academic or for general. There is in fact, not much difference between these two. The thing is one is advanced and the other is not.


Academics | Source


“Academic” is an advanced test. Generally, those who are going to apply for undergraduate or graduate programs need to take this test. And if you are the one who is not applying for the graduate programs and you are just looking for a way to be in an English speaking country (for which English speaking skills are required) then you can select “General.” It is in fact, taken by all those who are looking for immigration purpose or for some professional reasons or by even those who are looking for studies, but certainly not at a degree level

What are the modules in IELTS?

Well, any international test which asses your English level will surely have these four modules such as Listening, Writing, Reading and Speaking. As the language is depended only these things so, assessment of these skills becomes necessary. In IELTS test too you will find these four modules.

IELTS Modules

Will all modules be same in General and Academic IELTS?

Well, there will just be a slight difference in modules. Two of the modules will be same and two will be different.

Same Modules

Listening and speaking modules will be same.

Different Modules

Writing and Reading modules will be different.

IELTS Modules Difference

IELTS Different modules
IELTS Different modules

Which test can be easier, Academic IELTS or General IELTS?

In comparison, General is much easier than Academic but remember this too that both these tests have their own difficulty level. You can’t say that General is easier so it will just easier for you too to get through it. No, it can be tougher for you.


Every year, a large number of people apply for IELTS test across the globe (All those who are looking for higher studies in an English speaking country or all of those who are looking for immigration purposes or for studies at undergraduate level etc). If you too have a dream to study or to live and work in an English country then shall apply for this test. You shall apply for the test well in advance to avoid confusion. You shall apply from your nearest center so that you do not have to face any sort of trouble or disappointment. Apply and obtain test dates and start preparing for it.

What shall remember when you register for the test?

Remember, this that IELTS test is a tougher test and it may really be necessary for you to spend time over its preparation. So, what is the point of mentioning here is this that you shall select such dates which can allow you to get sufficient time for its preparation. If you just register for the test a 20 days before or a month before then you may not be able to prepare well for it. Apply keeping in mind the deadlines of the university you are applying to. You shall have enough time for your scores to arrive and report well before the deadlines set by the university you are applying to.

Register though

Yes, go to the website: Search for the nearest ielts center near to you. Find details about the center. Call them to know more of the available test dates and pay online if you want to. And if it is within your driving distance then go there and pay for the test in cash.

When we talk about ielts training there are lot many institutes and online tutorials available if you Google it.

Even though below i have listed out few good centers which provide ielts online training.

Video Training for ielts

Question to students

What source do you choose to learn ielts online?

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      sara 3 years ago

      A high score represents a high level of proficiency; a low score shows a lower level.IELTS is an exam designed for people of any level to take.

      A high score represents a high level of proficiency; a low score shows a lower level.IELTS is an exam designed for people of any level to take.