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Eligibilty Criteria

According to the governing bodies, there are no eligibility criteria for the IELTS 2022 exam which need to be met in order for a candidate to give the IELTS exam except that the candidate must carry a valid passport at the time of the exam. The IELTS 2022 exam has no eligibility criteria as it is a test of proficiency in the English language and is, therefore, open to candidates of all ages and backgrounds.

Exam Pattern

The IELTS 2022 exam pattern is the same for IELTS Academic and IELTS General Tests. The two tests only differ in the type of questions presented in the reading and writing sections of the test.

The IELTS 2022 exam comprises 4 sections or parameters in which a candidate's proficiency in English is evaluated:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Speaking

The reading, writing and listening sections are conducted in one slot and the speaking module is conducted in a separate slot which is in a 7-day window after or before the reading-writing-listening slot.

IELTS 2022 Exam Pattern

Section Duration No. of Questions
Reading 60 minutes 40
Writing 60 minutes 2
Listening 30 minutes 40
Speaking 11-14 minutes 3 part conversation

The speaking module comprises 3 part one-on-one conversations with an IELTS representative and the component is scored on the basis of the candidate's oral performance in a life-like environment. Candidates are given the option to take the speaking test on any other day.


The IELTS syllabus consists of four compulsory sections – Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking. Listening and Speaking sections of the IELTS syllabus will remain the same for both IELTS General Training and IELTS Academic. However, the Reading and Writing sections will vary in terms of test content.

IELTS Test Component

Brief Description

Listening (Same for Academic and General Training)

Four sections, 40 items, 30 minutes

Reading (Different for Academic and General Training)

Three sections, 40 items, 60 minutes

Writing (Different for Academic and General Training)

Two tasks, 60 minutes

Speaking (Same for Academic and General Training)

Three-part one-on-one conversation, 11-14 minutes

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