The IELTS General Training test is for those who are going to English speaking countries for secondary education, work experience or training programs. It is also a requirement for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The test focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts.
The IELTS Academic test is for people applying for higher education or professional registration in an English speaking environment. It reflects some of the features of academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training.
This approach is widely supported by the institutions that recognise IELTS.
Modules in IELTS
As an IELTS Test Taker, you are assessed on 4 Modules.
The listening module of IELTS checks your ability to understand and comprehend the language properly before you arrive at the foreign land.
The Writing module not only judges your writing abilities, but also your expression, grammar and how you structure your content.
The reading module is designed to assess your reading and your ability to understand the context of the information.
You've got to be good at expressing yourself in English when you are planning to move to a different country. The IELTS speaking test is aimed to measure exactly that.