IELTS Syllabus

Here is the IELTS exam syllabus covering writing syllabus, reading syllabus, listening syllabus and speaking syllabus –

The reading module consists of three texts of general interest dealing with issues which are appropriate for candidates entering postgraduate or undergraduate courses. Both reading modules consist of three passages or sections with forty questions. Question types include multiple choice, sentence or summary completion, identifying data for short-answer questions, matching lists or phrases and identifying writers’ views/attitudes.
Total no. of questions: About 40
Total time: 30 minutes

Candidates take academic writing module. Responses for the academic writing module are short essays or general reports, addressed to an educated non-specialist audience. There are two compulsory tasks. Task 1 requires 150 words, and candidates are asked to look at a diagram, table or data and to present the information in their own words. Task 2 requires at least 250 words, and all candidates are presented with a point of view, argument or problem and asked to provide general factual information, present a solution, justify an opinion, evaluate ideas and evidence etc.
Total no. of questions: 2
Total time: 60 minutes

The Listening module is divided into four sections. The first two conversations are concerned with social needs, while the last two are concerned with situations more closely related to education. They will all be around three minutes long. The conversations could be both monologues and dialogues. These conversations can be heard once only. A variety of question types are asked, like multiple choice, short-answer questions, notes completion, sentence completion, labelling a diagram etc.
Total no. of questions: 40+
Total time: 30 minutes

The Speaking section is like a structured interview with emphasis on general speaking skills. It assesses whether candidates have the required knowledge and skills to communicate effectively with native speakers of English.
Total no. of questions: 3 parts – Personal Interview, Little Speech and a Discussion
Total time: 11 to 14 minutes

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