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About IELTS

IELTS Scores and Test Format
IELTS Scores and Test Format

The IELTS test assesses your abilities in all four skills - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The total test time is 2 hours and 45 minutes. There are two types of the IELTS test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. Only IELTS Academic is available in the Lingnan University scheme. If you want to learn more about IELTS General Training, please go to https://www.idp.com/hongkong/ielts-hk/about-ielts/test-format-and-scoring.

The four Sections

The four Sections
The four Sections

Listening (Duration: 30 minutes)

You will listen to four recorded texts – monologues and conversations by a range of native speakers and write the answers to a series of questions. These include questions that test your ability to understand main ideas and detailed factual information, your ability to understand the opinions and attitudes of speakers, your ability to understand the purpose of what is said and your ability to follow the development of ideas. A variety of voices and native-speaker accents is used. You will hear each section only once.
The Listening component is the same for both Academic and General Training versions.

Section 1

A conversation between two people set in an everyday social context, e.g. a conversation in an accommodation agency.

Section 2

A monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.

Section 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.

Section 4

A monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.

Reading (Duration: 60 minutes)

The Reading component comprises 40 questions. A variety of question types is used in order to test a wide range of reading skills. These include reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical arguments and recognising writers’ opinions, attitudes and purpose.

Reading – Academic version

The Academic version includes 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 recognisably appropriate for anyone entering undergraduate or postgraduate courses or seeking professional registration.

Task 1

information in your own words. You may be asked to describe data, describe the stages of a process, describe 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.

Writing (Duration: 60 minutes)

Writing – Academic version

The Writing component of the Academic version includes two tasks. Topics are of general interest to, and suitable for, anyone entering undergraduate or postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration. Responses to both tasks must be written in a formal style.

Speaking (Duration: 11 to 14 minutes)

The Speaking component assesses your use of spoken English and takes between 11 and 14 minutes to complete. Every test is recorded.
The Speaking component is the same for both Academic and General Training versions.

Part 1

You need to answer general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as your home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between four and five minutes.

Part 2

You will be given a task card that asks you to talk about a particular topic. You will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The examiner may ask you a question on the same topic to finish this part of the test.

Part 3

You need to answer further questions related to the topic in Part 2. These questions give you an opportunity to discuss more abstract issues and ideas. This part lasts between four and five minutes.