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Academic or General Training?

There are two versions of IELTS to choose from:


IELTS Academic

IELTS General Training


The following definitions are to be used as a general guide only. Check with the organisations you wish to apply to before you book your test.


IELTS Academic – Institutions of Higher and Further Education
The Academic format is, broadly speaking, for those who want to study or train in an English-speaking university or Institutions of Higher and Further Education. Admission to undergraduate and postgraduate courses is based on the results of the Academic test. IELTS Academic may also be a requirement to join a professional organisation in an English-speaking country.


General Training – for school, work or migration
The General Training format focuses on general survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts. It is typically for those who are going to English-speaking countries to do secondary education, work experience or training programs. People migrating to Australia, Canada and New Zealand must sit the General Training test.


Check with your organisation
Every organisation sets its own entry requirements. In some cases both versions of IELTS may be accepted. Visit who accepts IELTS? to search for the organisations you want to apply to, and find out which version you need.


While the IELTS Global Recognition System is committed to maintaining an up to date record of English language requirements, it is strongly recommended that you also check the English language requirements with the recognising organisation, by visiting their website or contacting them directly.

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