Structural difference between IELTS academy vs IELTS general

by Robin Thakur
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It seems there might be some confusion in your question. “IELTS Academy” is not a standard term used in the context of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).

“IELTS General” refers to one of the two types of the IELTS exam, the other being “IELTS Academic”. Both versions of the test assess English language proficiency but are designed for different purposes:

  1. IELTS Academic: This version of the test is typically taken by those who want to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, or for professional registration in an English-speaking environment.
  2. IELTS General Training: This version is usually taken by those who are planning to migrate to an English-speaking country for secondary education, work experience, or training programs. It is also often a requirement for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK.

The structural difference between the two lies mainly in the reading and writing sections:

  • Reading: In the Academic version, the texts used are more complex and are taken from academic journals, magazines, and newspapers. In the General Training version, the texts are simpler and more related to everyday situations.
  • Writing: In the Academic version, Task 1 involves describing visual information (graphs, charts, tables, etc.), and Task 2 requires writing an essay in response to a point of view, argument, or problem. In the General Training version, Task 1 involves letter writing (e.g., formal, semi-formal, or informal letter), and Task 2 is an essay similar to the Academic version.

Other sections, such as Listening and Speaking, remain the same in both versions of the test.

If “IELTS Academy” refers to a specific institution or program that prepares students for the IELTS exam, it would typically offer preparation courses covering both the Academic and General Training modules, tailoring the instruction to the needs of the students depending on which version of the test they plan to take.

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