IELTS Syllabus 2017 – Check Syllabus For Both Versions

IELTS Syllabus is designed by the conducting authorities of the IELTS. The syllabus for both the versions of IELTS: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training has four sections namely Listening, reading, writing and speaking. IELTS result is scored on the 9-band scale. We have provided the syllabus for both versions of IELTS. Candidates can check the complete IELTS 2017 syllabus in this article. To get all information about the syllabus of IELTS and other information about the same, go through this article.

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IELTS Syllabus

Here aspirants can check the IELTS Syllabus both versions that are IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.

Listening Section

IELTS listening section has also four sub sections. The first is a conversation between two people. The second is speech or monolog. The third is a conversation between maximum four people set in academic settings and the final one is a speech on the academic subject.

Reading Section

This section of IELTS Syllabus evaluates the reading skills of the test takers as he/she gives the answer after reading the text. The reading section contains 40 questions. The types of questions that this section has been reading for gist, reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding a logical argument, recognizing writers’ opinions, attitudes.

Writing Section

Writing section of IELTS varies for both sections. In each version, writing section consists of two tasks.

Academic Writing Section

The writing section of IELTS Academic section has two tasks. The topics included in this section are general interest and suitable for candidates studies or seeking professional registration.


Here candidates will be presented with a graph, chart, table or diagram and they are asked to explain the information in own words. Candidates may be asked to explain data, describe an object, how something works, stages of process etc.


In this part, candidates have to write an essay on an argument, a point of view or a problem.

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General Training Writing Section

This section of IELTS has also two tasks based on the topics of general interest.


Test takers will be asked to write a letter on given situation requesting information and explaining the situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style.


In this part, candidates have to write an essay on an argument, a point of view or a problem. The essay may be more personal in format than the essay in Academic version.

Speaking Section

The speaking section of IELTS consists of three parts that simulate a face-to-face oral interview with an examiner. This test takes 11-14 minutes to complete and evaluates the candidate’s use of spoken English.


In this part, the examiner will ask the general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies, and interests. This part will take 4-5 minutes to complete.


Here you will be given a card on which a topic name is written. You have to speak on that particular topic for two minutes. You will be given one minute to prepare before speaking. After that, the examiner will ask two or three questions from the same topic.


In this part, you will be asked the further questions related to the topic given in part-2. This part last for 4-5 minutes.

S.No. Sections Duration Specification
1 Listening 30 Minutes 4 sections, 40 items
2 Reading 60 Minutes 3 sections, 40 items
3 Writing 60 Minutes 2 Tasks
4 Speaking 11-14 Minutes 3 part one-on-one conversation

The total time duration of the IELTS test is 2 Hour and 45 Minutes.  Candidates can take the listening, reading and writing tests on one day while speaking test may be taken on the same day or within 7 days before or after the test.

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