What is IELTS?

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is an international standardized test for non-native English speakers. The test is used to assess English language proficiency for those who wish to work, study or migrate to an English-speaking country.

Majority of the world's most reputable universities accept IELTS as proof of English language proficiency.

Many professional bodies in English-speaking countries accept IELTS results for professional registration in many fields, including engineering, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, law, accounting and teaching.

IELTS is also accepted as a requirement for permanent residency in countries such as the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Benefits of Taking the IELTS Test

It is a globally recognised test. The IELTS test is accepted by over 11,000 organisations worldwide. It is highly trusted by immigration authorities of English-speaking countries as it is the most recognised English language test.

The IELTS can boost your job prospects. The IELTS test works as proof of excellent communication skills. This can enhance your chances at securing a job abroad.

Gain the opportunity to study abroad. An IELTS test is required of any student from a non-English speaking country who wishes to enroll in a University or College in an English-speaking country.


How Al Hira Can Help


Our teachers are trained and experienced in helping test-takers achieve the IELTS test score they need for their goals. Sessions are tailored to each individuals learning requirements to help you get the most out of your time. Our team is ready to give you the best possible experience to help you prepare for your IELTS test. 


Find a teacher and connect with them through messaging to determine your plan before booking a session. You can also reach out to our customer service team via the Contact Us form and one of our representatives will be happy to get back to you as soon as possible.

IELTS Breakdown

There are two versions of the IELTS exam - Academic and General Training. The Academic test is for those who wish to study at university or college as a student or who wish to join or gain entry to a professional institute. The General Training test was created to test every-day, non-academic English.

The test is broken down into four sections: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.


Listening (30 minutes)

The Listening test for both the Academic and General Training tests is the same. You will be required to listen to four different recordings to find the answers to 40 questions - there are ten questions per recording. 

Speaking (11-14 minutes)

The Speaking test is also the same for both the Academic test and the General Training test. This test is broken down into three parts. Part One of the test requires you to answer general questions about yourself - e.g., family, work, interests. During Part Two, you will be given a card that outlines a specific topic on which you will be required to speak. Finally, during Part Three of the test, you will asked questions about the topic from Part Two.

Reading (60 minutes)

The Reading Test for theAcademic test and the General Training test is different. While both require you to answer 40 questions, the difference lies in the type of text you will be required to read. The Academic test contains three long texts taken from books, journals, newspapers and magazines while the General Training test consists of only one long text along with many shorter texts, all taken from materials you are likely to encounter in your daily life - e.g., books, magazines, company handbooks/guidelines, advertisements. 

Writing (60 minutes)

The Academic Writing Test has two tasks. In Task One, you will be given a  diagram, table or chart and asked to explain and summarise the information. For Task Two, you will be asked to write an essay responding to a statement. Both tasks for the Academic test require you to write in a formal style. The General Training Writing test also has two tasks but the writing style is personal. Task One of the General Training test will require you to write a letter, while Task Two will require an essay response to a statement.