IELTS tests the complete range of skills commonly needed by persons studying or training in English. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking tests. The Reading and Writing tests are different for those doing the two different modules.
The test is conducted in the following order:
The Listening Module takes approximately 45 minutes.There are 40 questions in four sections. The Listening Module is recorded on a CD and is heard only ONCE. During the test, time is given for candidates to read the questions and enter and then check their answers. As candidates listen, they enter their answers on the Question Paper. When the CD ends, an additional 10 minutes are allowed for candidates to transfer their answers to an Answer Sheet.

The Reading Module takes 60 minutes. There are 40 questions based on three reading passages with a total of 1,500 to 2,500 words. A variety of questions is used, and these are chosen from the following types: multiple choice, short-answer questions, sentence completion, notes/summary/diagram/flow-chart/table completion, choosing from a 'heading bank' for identified paragraphs/sections of the text, identification of writer's views/attitudes/claims, yes, no or not given classification, and matching lists/phrases.

The Writing Module takes 60 minutes. There are two tasks: in Task 1 candidates are asked to write a letter for General Training and for Academic to look at a diagram or table, and to present the information in their own words. Task 1 requires candidates to write at least 150 words. In Task 2, candidates are presented with a point of view or argument or problem. Task 2 requires at least 250 words.

The Speaking Module takes approximately 15 minutes.It consists of an oral interview, which is essentially a conversation between the candidate and an examiner.


The computer delivered IELTS test is the exact same content as the paper based test except that it is done on the computer. It has the same components and same time frame.

If you would like to know more about the IELTS exam go to and or please contact:

IELTS Administrator
IELTS Examination Centre
Department of Language, Linguistics & Philosophy
University of the West Indies Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica

Telephone: 1 876 977 0887, 1 876 970 6793
1 876 476 7095, 1 876 571 2084


The IELTS Office official opening hours are:
Mondays and Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Wednesdays 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
These opening hours are strictly enforced.