General Training Test


The IELTS General Training Test measures English Language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and texts reflect both workplace and social situations.

Writing (60 minutes)

  • Letter writing task of at least 150 words
  • Short essay task of at least 250 words

Reading (60 minutes)

  • Three reading passages with tasks
  • Section 1 contains two or three short factual texts
  • Section 2 contains two short, work-related, factual texts
  • Section 3 contains one longer text on a topic of general interest
  • Texts are authentic (e.g. taken from company handbooks, official documents, books 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 structered discussion

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