IELTS is the world’s most popular and trusted high-stakes English test. It is recognised by more than 9,000 organisations including employers, universities, and government agencies, which will help you apply for study opportunities, work, and immigration.

About the test

IELTS includes four tests which are taken in the following order
  • Writing (60 minutes)
  • Reading (60 minutes)
  • Listening (30 minutes)
  • Speaking (11-14 minutes)

At ICTE-UQ, all four tests are taken on the same day. The Writing, Reading, and Listening tests are held from 8.30am-12.00pm. The Speaking test is held in the afternoon.

You will receive a score from 1-9 for each test and an overall score. For more information about IELTS scores visit

Test formats

The Reading and Writing tests are available in two versions
  • Academic - for people who want to study at university (including UQ) or register with a professional association
  • General Training - for people who want to migrate to an English-speaking country.

Make sure you ask the organisation you will give your results to which test you need to sit. For more information about the difference between the Academic and General Training test visit

For more information about IELTS, including sample questions, rules and regulations, and answers to frequently asked questions visit or download the Information for Candidates brochure (pdf 754KB)
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