International English Language Testing System


IETS – International English Language Testing System is an international test of English Language proficiency for non-native English language speakers who intend to work, study or migrate. It is jointly managed by the British Council, IDP –Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment and was established in 1989. IELTS is accepted by most Australian, British, Canadian and New Zealand academic institutions, by over 3,000 academic institutions in the United States and by various professional organisations across the world.
IELTS is available in two test versions: Academic - for people applying for higher education or professional registration, and General Training for those migrating to Australia, Canada and the UK, or applying for secondary education, training programmes and work experience in an English-speaking environment. Both versions provide a valid and accurate assessment of the four language skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Types of question in reading

  • True, False, Not given
  • Yes, No, Not given
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Find suitable headings
  • State in which paragraph

IELTS Academic Reading

  • About the IELTS Academic Reading test
  • 3 sections, 40 questions, 60 minutes
  • Each section contains one long text.
  • Three long reading passages with tasks Texts range from descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical
  • Includes non-verbal material such as diagrams, graphs or illustrations
  • Texts are authentic (e.g. taken from books, journals and newspapers)

IELTS General Training Reading Practice Tests

  • The General Training Reading test is 60 minutes long.
  • There are 3 sections.
  • Section 1 contains two or three short factual texts, one of which may be a composite (consisting of 6-8 short texts related by topic, eg. hotel advertisements). Topics are relevant to everyday life in an English-speaking country.
  • Section 2 contains two short factual texts focusing on work-related issues (eg. applying for jobs, company policies, pay and conditions).
  • Section 3 contains one longer, more complex text on a topic of general interest.

1) Multiple choice questions

These are types of questions that requires you to pick the correct answer from the given choices which are in capital letters of A B C.

These type of questions tests your ability to understand detailed and specific information.

2) True, False, Not Given/ Yes, No, Not Given

These are types of questions that requires you to identify whether the given information is either true false or it’s not given.

These type of question tests your ability to clearly understand what the text is talking about.

3) Information matching

These types of questions requires you to find a specific information and placing them where they fit to be.

You need to have clearly understood the text and be able to understand every paragraph and what information it contains.

4) Head Matching

These questions requires you to pick a heading from the given headings and place each of them to the paragraphs.

Mainly, if you have clearly understood the given text, you’ll be able to make a heading out of every paragraph.

5) Sentence completion

In this type of question, you will find an incomplete sentence. You are supposed to complete it with words taken from the text.

You therefore need to quickly map the incomplete text to a particular location in the text for you to find the correct answer.

6) Summary completion fill in the blanks

A summary part of the text will be given to you. You are required to complete it by picking words from the text with a given maximum number of words to complete it.

7) Features matching (names of authors) (years)

These are types of questions that that requires you to find a specific information about given features and match it. For example you can be given different people who discovered different things at different times. You are now required to match who discovered what at what time. You therefore need to be very keen when matching.

8) Matching sentence endings

This is a very simple question. Part of a sentence is picked from a line in the text.

What you need to do here is to just locate where it has been taken from and complete the sentence and there you have your have your correct answer!

9) Short answer questions

This is a question that expects you to answer the question from the given facts in the text.

Moreover you need to check the number of words because you are limited. A maximum number of words is always given.

10) Matching information

All that is required of you here is to find some given information and place them where they fit.

The reading test is different for IELTS Academic and IELTS General candidates

  • Types of question in listening

    • Fill in the blanks
    • Multiple choice
    • Guide the map
    • Match the following

    Listening - 30 minutes

    You will listen to four recordings of native English speakers and then write your answers to a series of questions

    • Recording 1 – a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context
    • Recording 2 - a monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.
    • Recording 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
    • Recording 4 - a monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.

    • IELTS Speaking
    • Recording 2 - a monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.
    • The speaking test takes 11-14 minutes and consists of an interview with an examiner.
    • The interview is recorded.
    • The speaking test has three parts:

    • Part 1(Warm Up Session)(4–5 minutes) Introduction and interview
    • Examiner introduces him/herself and checks your name. The examiner then asks you questions on general topics.

    • Part 2(CUE CARD SESSION) 3–4 minutes (including 1 minute preparation time)
    • Examiner gives you a written task card. You have 1 minute to think (take notes) before you have to speak for 1–2 minutes.
    • Examiner asks one or two questions at the end of your talk.

    • Part 3 (FOLLOW UP SESSION)4–5 minutes
    • Discuss with the examiner more abstract issues and concepts which are thematically linked to the topic of your talk in Part 2.
    • Examiner asks one or two questions at the end of your talk.


    • 4. GRAMMAR


    • GOOD/BAD