IELTS Sample Paper
Ranjini Basu, 23 Jan 2019, #IELTS
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IELTS Sample Paper - IELTS is one of the most widely accepted English language proficiency tests in a large number of universities across the world. Aspirants can expect to fare well in IELTS test only if he/she indulges in a rigorous practice. If one is looking forward to appearing in theIELTS Test (Both Academic and General Training), then it is advisable to check and solve the IELTS sample papers. After solving the practice papers, it is equally important to evaluate the answers to check the preparation level of a prospective test taker. All candidates appear for the same Listening and Speaking modules while Reading and Writing modules are different for Academic and General Training candidates. All test takers should ensure the IELTS format before starting the preparation for the correct version of the test. In this article by Careers360, we are providing the IELTS sample papers and the practice test with answers for each section.

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Test Formats of IELTS

It is very important to understand the test formats thoroughly. Also, applicants should be aware of the scores of IELTS as required by the respective institutions/organisations. There are two types of formats for IELTS:

  • IELTS Academic: for the candidates who want to pursue higher studies in an English speaking country

  • IELTS General Training: for those who go to an English speaking country for work experience, secondary education or training programmes.

Careers360 brings IELTS sample papers for both the above-mentioned formats.

IELTS Test Pattern

IELTS Test Component


Brief Description


30 minutes

4 sections, 40 items


60 minutes

3 sections, 40 items


60 minutes

2 tasks


11-14 minutes

3 part one-on-one conversation

The IELTS Test Pattern consists of four modules:

IELTS Listening

In this module, the candidate is asked to listen to monologues and dialogues and needs to answer a set of questions. This module has four sections with ten questions each; the total duration is 40 minutes.

IELTS Reading

Here, the candidates will be given three texts followed by a set of 13-14 questions. The candidate needs to go through the texts and answer the questions in the stipulated period of time. This section is of 60 minutes duration. The passages are different for Academic and General Training test takers.

IELTS Writing

This module is different for Academic and General Training format. In the Academic module, the candidate will have to explain a diagram in Task 1 and respond to an argument in Task 2. In the General Training module, the candidate needs to write an article in Task 1 and write an essay in task 2. This section is allotted 60 minutes.

IELTS Speaking

The speaking module consists of three sections. In the first section, a general introduction is expected from the candidate. In the second section, the candidate will be asked to speak on a selected topic and in the third section; there will be a discussion between the candidate and examiner. This section continues for 11 to 14 minutes.

The candidates for both formats can download IELTS sample papers for free from this page.

IELTS Sample Paper Academic Module


Diagram label completion

Identifying information

Identifying writer’s views

Matching features


Matching headings

Multiple choice questions

Table completion


Academic writing task 1 sample- 1

Academic writing task 1 sample- 2

Academic writing task 2 sample- 1

Academic writing task 2 sample- 2


Speaking Sample Test Part 1 Prompt

Speaking Sample Test Part 2 Prompt

Speaking Sample Test Part 3 Prompt

Speaking Sample Test Part 1 Transcript


Speaking Sample Test Part 2 Transcript

Speaking Sample Test Part 3 Transcript

IELTS test results are accepted by over 10,000 organizations worldwide, including schools, universities, Government departments, employers, immigration authorities and professional bodies. However, as there are no specific IELTS eligibility criteria required to appear for IELTS exam, candidates have to comply with the selection procedure of respective institutions. Candidates can post their test report form to relevant institutions in their IELTS application form. The IELTS conducting body uses a nine-band scale to vividly identify levels of English proficiency, from non-user (band score 1) through to expert (band score 9).

The IELTS test is usually conducted on Saturdays and Sundays. One can register for any of the listed IELTS test dates depending on your convenience. However, the confirmation depends on the availability of seats for the exam pertaining to the particular date.

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can I attempt IELTS/TOEFL if I am persuing b tech and in second semester

KUNAL LANJEWAR 6th Dec, 2019


For your information, their is no age limit criteria for attempting the IELTS  / TOEFL exams. The only requirement is that you should have a valid passport and  have cleared minimum 10th grade.

So, you are now pursuing B-Tech in second semester, so you can definitely  attempt the exam.

Given below are some links which may help you to get other details related to the exams:

Best wishes for your future.


How to best way to prepared IELTS

Tushar Sagar 26th Nov, 2019

Hello Amit

IELTS (Academic) - 7.5 Bands

X | XII | Graduate- 90.55% | 84.92% | A grade.

So with a short introduction of my acads, just wanted to convey that IELTS is no rocket science and an average student too can score good bands with a little practise and right amount of efforts.

Few tips:

Aim for 8–8.5 to reach 7–7.5 or higher.

Try answering each question as IELTS carry no negative marking.


  1. Train yourself by listening to more Hollywood/ British albums, movies, videos, audios as much as you can to get used to the foreign accent.
  2. Try to stay patient and focused till the last section so that you don’t miss out on any MCQs or blanks, let go if you miss out on one answer. Panicking for that might lead to other answers going wrong.


  1. You need to be fast with a good understanding of the passage to score well and complete all the passages on time.
  2. Advisable to start with passage 3 (difficult) first and then move on to the passage 1 & 2 which are comparatively easier.
  3. Practise a lot of passages before the exam date to keep up with the above tips.


  1. Remember to stick to the question and answering only on the topic given and don’t go sideline. Use simple decent English rather than using fancy words and complicating the writing task.
  2. In writing task 1, mention all the observations that you’ve made with correct figures and changes in the diagram or graph.
  3. Before starting writing task 2, make a summary of the points which will give a flow to your essay and will give a better idea of presenting your opinions when you start writing the essay.
  4. Introduction, main body paragraphs and conclusion - make notes when you practise of the common phrases that might make your writing task presentable.


  1. Be loud, slow and avoid slangs. Can be casual but should have a decent tone. Support your answers with a strong opinion to convince the examiner of what you’re speaking.
  2. Practise speaking by asking your friends, neighbours or even your family members to help you by asking the questions from the speaking sections of the book that you are referring to.

More tips and information on IELTS and study abroad will be coming up!

All the best for your aspirations.


what is the eligibility for gre, tofel, ielts?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 25th Nov, 2019

TOEFL and IELTS are Language proficiency tests that Students and Professionals have to take while visiting native English countries either for Academic or Professional purposes. This test is usually for non native English speakers. There is no eligibility criteria per se. These tests can be taken by anyone who is in high school level or higher. These exams do not even have any age limit. Now GRE is slightly different. Though there is no age limit, GRE is usually taken for admission to Master's programmes. The eligibility criteria changes based on the programme that you want to apply for. For such eligibility criteria, please visit our page at:


Hello everyone I want to do PhD in Mathematics from USA . Should i give GRE General test or GRE Subject test ? Is IELTS acceptable ? Thank you

Harsheet Kaur 27th Nov, 2019
In order to pursue pH.D from USA in any field,you will have to take GRE(Graduate Record Examination) as it is usually required to take Ph.D programs in the USA,and then you have to take either TOEFL or IELTS, to help access your English language skills.

I need ielts practice questions 23rd Nov, 2019

Hello there! Hope you are doing good.
The link below has various IELTS practice questions, you will find practice questions for all three sections of the exam. i.e Listening, reading and Writing.

I hope you found this answer helpful. Good luck for your future!

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