About the IELTS test
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is proven and trusted worldwide as a secure, independent and authentic test to measure your ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – listening, reading writing and speaking.
The Listening, Reading and Writing subtests take 2 hours and 45 minutes to complete. The Speaking module takes an additional 20 minutes to complete. At the AU105/ICTE-UQ Centre, all four subtests are usually undertaken on the same day. Your Speaking Test time will be available on the morning of your test.
The test is scored at nine levels from Non User to Expert User. After taking the test you will receive five scores: one score for each of the individual modules and one score for overall performance. For more information on IELTS test scores click here.
The IELTS test is available in two formats - Academic and General Training.
All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking subtests and choose either the Academic module or General training module for the Writing and Reading tests.
Academic IELTS
The Academic Module assesses whether a candidate is ready to study or train in the medium of English at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Candidates who wish to use their IELTS test scores for entry into undergraduate and postgraduate programs at The University of Queensland, must sit the Academic Module.
General Training IELTS
The General Training Module emphasises language skills in broad social and workplace contexts. It is suitable for candidates who are going to migrate to an English-speaking country. It is also suitable for candidates planning to undertake work experience or training programs not at degree level, or to complete their secondary education.
If you are in doubt as to which module to take, you are advised to contact the institution or organisation to which you are applying in order to ascertain their requirements.
For further information on IELTS, including sample questions, rules and regulations and answers to frequently asked questions, please visit www.ieltsessentials.com  
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