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Test Format

Timing

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

The first three modules — Writing, Reading and Listening — 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 modules General Training modules
Academic Writing — two tasks, 150 and 250 words 60 minutes General Training Writing — two tasks, 150 and 250 words 60 minutes
Academic Reading — three sections 60 minutes General Training Reading — three sections 60 minutes
Listening 40 minutes Listening 40 minutes
Speaking 11–14 minutes Speaking 11–14 minutes
Total test time 2 hours and 45 minutes Total test time 2 hours and 45 minutes

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