IELTS General Training – prove you have practical, everyday English language skills
IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and tests reflect both workplace and social situations.
Take this test if you would like to:
- train or study at below degree level
- work or undertake work related training in an English speaking country
- emigrate to an English speaking country
- get a better job in your own country.
You can choose between IELTS on paper or IELTS on computer IELTS General Training. Both test formats will take place at one of our official test centres.
If you want to emigrate to the UK, find out more about IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI).
Fee for the IELTS General Training test: 1.089 BRL for IELTS General Training and 1.210 BRL for IELTS General Training for UKVI
What does the fee include? Our IELTS test fee includes exclusive preparation materials, free practice tests and much more.
Duration: 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Format: There are four sections to the test: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. In Brazil, the written part of the exam (Listening, Writing and Reading) starts always at 1pm (local time).
If you choose an IELTS on paper, your Speaking interview will be scheduled directly by us. It may be scheduled on the morning of the test day or up to a week before (working days and hours included). You will receive notification in advance if your Speaking test is on a different day. For candidates who are travelling to take the exam, Speaking interviews are usually scheduled on the morning of the test day or 1-2 days before the written test date.
If you choose a IELTS on computer test, you have a free choice of Speaking test date and time.
The Importance of IELTS General Training
IELTS General Training is indispensable for individuals seeking to migrate or work in English-speaking countries. It assesses practical communication skills in everyday situations. This exam is a crucial requirement for visas and employment in many nations, ensuring that candidates are capable of interacting effectively in English in workplace and social settings.
Many countries that use English as an official language, such as Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, require applicants to demonstrate their English proficiency through IELTS General Training as part of their immigration and visa processes. Moreover, numerous organizations and employers in these countries also request this score as part of their hiring requirements. This is because IELTS General Training verifies candidates' ability to communicate in real-life scenarios, which is critical for a successful transition to a new environment.
From September 2020 some of our IELTS test centres will start delivering the IELTS Speaking test via video calls. This means more flexibility and more availability of IELTS Speaking tests.
You will take the Video-Call Speaking test at an official IELTS test centre with the same high standard of identity verification. The test will be exactly the same as the in-person Speaking test in terms of content, scoring, timing, level of difficulty, question format and security arrangements. Delivered by an IELTS Speaking Examiner, the video-call Speaking test will maintain the face-to-face feature of the in-person Speaking test.
For more information, please contact your local test centre.
Book your IELTS General Training test
Success starts with IELTS. If your goal is to study below degree level or emigrate to an English speaking country, then you will need to take the IELTS General Training test.
At the British Council, we are committed to providing you with the support you need to enable you to do well in the test. When you book with us, you get free unlimited access to Road to IELTS Last Minute course. This includes nine videos giving advice and tutorials, 100 interactive activities and two IELTS General Training practice tests for each of the four skills.
Find an IELTS General Training test date.
Before booking your test, make sure to check which test you need with the organisations you are applying to.