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Test Format

Timing

The IELTS Test centre varies with regard to speaking test times/days.

The first three modules — Listening, Reading and Writing — must be completed in one day. The Speaking Module may be taken in the period seven days before or after the other modules. This arrangement is at the discretion of the test centre and, in most cases, all four modules should be completed in one day.

Modules and duration

Test duration
Academic modulesGeneral Training modules
Listening40 minutesListening40 minutes
Academic Reading — three sections60 minutesGeneral Training Reading — three sections60 minutes
Academic Writing — two tasks, 150 and 250 words60 minutesGeneral Training Writing — two tasks, 150 and 250 words60 minutes
Speaking11–14 minutesSpeaking11–14 minutes
Total test time2 hours and 45 minutesTotal test time2 hours and 45 minutes

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