The General Training test looks at your English-language capabilities in a work or social environment. If you plan to study in secondary education, enroll in vocational training, move abroad for work or migrate to Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK or the USA, you might need to take an IELTS General Training test.

The test assesses your English-language proficiency across four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. While the Listening and Speaking part of the IELTS General Training test are the same as the IELTS Academic test, the Reading and Writing parts differ.

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What order will I complete the IELTS test in?

If you take computer delivered IELTS you will do the tests in the following order on the same day: Listening, Reading and Writing, with the Speaking test before or after this test session. If you take Paper-based IELTS, you will do the tests in the following order: Listening, Reading and Writing.


Depending on the test centre, the Speaking test can be done on the same day, or up to 7 days either before or after the test date.

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