Academic Test


The IELTS Academic Test measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment. The tasks and texts are accessible to all test-takers, irrespective of their subject focus.

Writing (60 minutes)

  • Writing task of at least 150 words where the candidate must summarise, describe or explain a table, graph, chart or diagram
  • Short essay task of at least 250 words

Reading (60 minutes)

  • Three long reading passages with tasks
  • Text range from the descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical
  • Includes non-verbal materials such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations
  • Texts are authentic (e.g. taken from books, journals and newspapers)

Listening (30 minutes)

  • Four recorded monologues and conversations

Speaking (11 to 14 minutes)

  • Face-to-face interview
  • Includes short questions, speaking at length about a familiar topic and a structured discussion

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