FAQs - IELTS Regular

Which test should I sit for, Academic or General Training?

Academic Module is suitable for candidates planning to undertake higher education study. General Training Module is suitable for candidates planning to undertake non-academic training or work experience, or for immigration purposes. It is the responsibility of the candidate to inform the test centre whether they wish to take the Academic or General Training Modules. Centres are not responsible for providing this information. The general Training module is not offered at all test administrations. It must be noted that it may not be possible to change module later or on the day of the test.

When to take IELTS Academic

IELTS Academic is designed for people planning to study in higher education or those seeking professional registration. It assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training in an environment where English is the language used.

You may take IELTS Academic if you want to:

  • Study or train at a university or college as an undergraduate.
  • Study or train at a university or college as a postgraduate.
  • Join a professional association.
  • Gain registration in a professional organisation (e.g. medical, nursing, accounting, engineering).

When to take IELTS General Training

IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context.

You may take IELTS General Training if you want to:

  • Study or train in secondary education.
  • Study or train at a college or training centre below degree level.
  • Migrate to an English speaking country.