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Test Format

Candidates are tested in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking Modules. Check with your organization, Information for Candidates or on the Global Recognition System whether you need to complete an Academic or General Training test.

Speaking interviews are normally scheduled in the afternoon of the test date. Your interview time will be posted on test day. Interview times are randomly chosen by computer. Interview times cannot be guaranteed in advance, so be prepared to stay until 5:30pm. Requesting an interview time or changing times is NOT permitted. We will contact you prior to test day if your interview is scheduled for another day.

The modules are taken in the following order:

Academic General Training
LISTENING
4 sections, 40 items
30 minutes
LISTENING
4 sections, 40 items
30 minutes
ACADEMIC READING
3 sections, 40 items
60 minutes
GENERAL TRAINING READING
3 sections, 40 items
60 minutes
ACADEMIC WRITING
2 tasks (150 & 250 words)
60 minutes
GENERAL TRAINING WRITING
2 tasks (150 & 250 words)
60 minutes
SPEAKING
Personal interview with examiner
14 minutes
SPEAKING
Personal interview with examiner
14 minutes

Total Test Time: 2 hours 45 minutes