Looking forward to assessing your English skills? The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration. It is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. In the last year, over 3 million tests have been taken. Accepted by more than 10,000 organizations in the world including professional bodies, schools immigration authorities, and employers, IELTS is developed by the world’s best language assessment experts.

When taking IELTS, one is allowed to choose either the General or Academic Training versions of the test. Many people are faced with the hard decision of which one they should go for, the never-ending IELTS General and IELTS Academic confusion. And the big question today is, which IELTS exam version is easier?

Well, the best way to get the answer is by comparing them.


The IELTS general and academic training tests have much more in common than they differ. They are structured into four similar sections that evaluate: speaking, reading, writing, and listening. They both run for a total of 2 hours and 45 minutes.


The main differences are based on two grounds: the purposes for which the exam is used and the content of some sections. The IELTS academic module is suitable and designed for those pursuing postsecondary degrees and professional registration, while general training module is more appropriate for those who are going to English-speaking countries to complete work experience and training programs or for immigration purposes. In terms of the content, Listening and Speaking modules are exactly similar, however, the writing and reading differ. The academic reading module has three long and generally complicated passages, each comprising of around 40 questions. The general training reading module comprises of three sections that are generally easier and smaller texts in comparison to the academic reading passages. The General writing module has two tasks: a letter writing and essay writing task. The Academic module also has two tasks. In the first task, the candidate is required to describe a graph, process or image in a minimum 150 words and the second task entails an essay in a minimum of 250 words.

Well, from the comparison, we can all agree that the General Training is quite easier than Academic Reading.