IELTS Academic vs General Training (GT)

Listening and Speaking are same for both General Training and Academic IELTS.

Reading test is also same. However in General Training, you might find reading passage are short and long combined, and usually they are slightly easier than Academic passages.

Writing section is the major area of difference between GT and Academic IELTS. In General Training, students need to write a letter for Writing Task 1, whereas in Academic IELTS, they are required to write a report on given charts/graphs.


However, though the types of Writing Task 2 questions are same for both Academic and GT, the difficulty levels might appear slightly different. GT Task 2 essays are generally a little easier than that of Academic ones.

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