The IELTS General Training test measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and tests reflect both work and social situations.
Take this test if you would like to:
- Train or study at below degree level
- Emigrate to an English speaking country
- Get a better job in your own country.
- Work or undertake work-related training in an English speaking country
You can choose between a General Training IELTS test on paper or on a computer and take either format in various of our official test centres in the Caribbean.
If you are applying to a UK University, that has requested you to take an IELTS for UKVI (Visas and Immigration) you must take another type of test. Learn more about the IELTS test for UKVI
What else do you need to know about the IELTS General Training exam?
2 hours and 45 minutes
There are four sections to the test: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. When you book your IELTS test with the British Council, the test will take place in an official British Council IELTS test centre.
Your Speaking test may be offered on the same day as the other sections of the test, or up to a week before or after. You will receive notification in advance if your Speaking test is on a different day to your main test day.
From January 2021 some of our IELTS test centres will start delivering the IELTS Speaking test via video calls. This means more flexibility and more availability of IELTS Speaking tests.
You will take the Video-Call Speaking test at an official IELTS test centre with the same high standard of identity verification. The test will be exactly the same as the in-person Speaking test in terms of content, scoring, timing, level of difficulty, question format and security arrangements.
Delivered by an IELTS Speaking Examiner, the video-call Speaking test will maintain the face-to-face feature of the in-person Speaking test.
For more information, please contact your local test centre.
Book your IELTS General Training test
Success starts with IELTS. If your goal is to study below degree level or emigrate to an English speaking country, then you will need to take the IELTS General Training test.
At the British Council, we are committed to providing you with the support you need to enable you to do well in the test. When you book with us, you get Free unlimited access to Road to IELTS Last Minute course. This includes nine videos giving advice and tutorials, 100 interactive activities and two IELTS General Training practice tests for each of the four skills.
Before booking your test, make sure to check which test you need with the organisations you are applying to.