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Academic Module

for students seeking entry to a university or institution of higher education offering degree and diploma courses

General Training Module

for students seeking entry to a secondary school or to vocational training courses 


All candidates must take a test for each of the four skills: listening, reading, writing and speaking. All candidates take the same Listening and Speaking modules but may choose between the Academic or General Training versions of the Reading and Writing sections of the test. You should seek advice from a teacher or a student adviser if you are in any doubt about whether to sit for the Academic modules or the General Training modules. The two do not carry the same weight and are not interchangeable.

Test format

Listening: 4 sections, around 40 questions 30 minutes + transfer time
Academic Reading: 3 sections, around 40 questions 60 minutes OR
General Training Reading: 3 sections, around 40 questions 60 minutes
Academic Writing: 2 tasks 60 minutes OR
General Training Writing: 2 tasks 60 minutes
Speaking: 10 to 15 minutes
Total test time: 2 hours 45 minutes
You must listen to four separate sections and answer questions as you listen. You will hear the tape once only.
There will be between 38 and 42 questions. The test will take about 30 minutes. There will be time to read the questions during the test and
time to transfer your answers on to the answer sheet at the end of the test.
Situation types
The first two sections are based on social situations. There will be a conversation between two speakers and then a monologue.
The second two sections are related to an educational or training context. There will be a conversation with up to four speakers and a lecture or talk of general academic interest.
Question types
You will meet a variety of question types which may include: · multiple choice · short answer questions · sentence completion ·notes/summary/flow
chart/table completion · labelling a diagram which has numbered parts · matching 
You must read three reading passages with a total of 1 500 to 2 500 words. There will be between 38 and 42 questions. You will have 60 minutes to answer all the questions. The level of difficulty of the texts and tasks increases through the paper
Types of material
Magazines, journals, textbooks and newspapers. Topics are not discipline specific but all are in a style appropriate and accessible to candidates
entering postgraduate and undergraduate courses
Question types
You will meet a variety of question types which may include: • multiple choice • short answer questions • sentence completion • notes/summary/flow chart/table completion • choosing from a bank of headings • identification of writer`s views or attitudes (Yes/
No/ Not given) • classification • matching lists • matching phrases