IELTS General Training is an English language assessment test that proves you have practical, everyday general English language skills.

This English language proficiency test measures your English ability in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and tests reflect both workplace and social situations. 

Take the IELTS General Training 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.

If you need a visa for working or studying in the UK, you may need to take IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration or IELTS Life Skills.

Fee for the British Council IELTS General Training test: 707,000 MMK

What does the fee include? Your British Council 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 IELTS General Training test: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. When you book your IELTS test with the British Council, the test will take place in an official British Council IELTS test centre. 

The IELTS Listening, Reading, Writing tests may occur in any order. There are no breaks between these three tests. If you take your test on paper, your IELTS Speaking test may be offered on the same day as the other sections of the test, or up to a week before or after. You will receive notification in advance if your Speaking test is on a different day to your main test day.

IELTS General Training test Part 1: Listening Tasks

Duration: 30 minutes +10 minutes to transfer your responses to the answer sheet

Format:  4 audio recordings in varying accents. You will write your answers using:

  • multiple choice
  • matching points
  • diagram labelling 
  • sentence completion

You will listen to four recordings of native English speakers to test your English level and then write your answers to a series of questions.

  • Recording 1 – a conversation between two people set in an everyday social context.
  • Recording 2 - a monologue set in an everyday social context, e.g. a speech about local facilities.
  • Recording 3 – a conversation between up to four people set in an educational or training context, e.g. a university tutor and a student discussing an assignment.
  • Recording 4 - a monologue on an academic subject, e.g. a university lecture.

Assessors will be looking for evidence of your ability to understand the main ideas and detailed factual information, the opinions and attitudes of speakers, the purpose of an utterance and evidence of your ability to follow the development of ideas.

IELTS General Training test Part 2: Reading Tasks

Duration: 60 minutes


This section of the IELTS General training English language assessment test has three reading passages:

  • Section 1 - two short or three short factual texts
  • Section 2  - two short work-related, factual texts
  • Section 3 -  one longer text on a topic of general interest

The Reading section consists of 40 questions, designed to test a wide range of reading skills. These include reading for main ideas, reading for detail, skimming, understanding logical argument and recognising writers' opinions, attitudes and purpose.

This includes extracts from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines. These are materials you are likely to encounter on a daily basis in an general English-speaking environment.

IELTS General Training test Part 3: Writing Tasks

Duration: 60 minutes


  • Letter writing task (minimum 150 words)
  • Short essay writing task (minimum 250 words).

Topics are of general interest. There are two tasks:

  • Task 1 - you will be presented with a situation and asked to write a letter requesting information, or explaining the situation. The letter may be personal, semi-formal or formal in style.
  • Task 2 - you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. The essay can be fairly personal in style.

IELTS General Training test Part 4: Speaking Tasks

Duration: 10 - 15 minutes


  • Face-to-face interview.
  • Short questions and speaking at length about a familiar topic.

Please note: Depending on the test centre location, you may be required to book the Speaking section of your test on a different day.

The Speaking section assesses your use of spoken English. Every test is recorded.

  • Part 1 - the examiner will ask you general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between four and five minutes.
  • Part 2 - you will be given a card which asks you to talk about a particular topic. You will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The examiner will then ask one or two questions on the same topic.
  • Part 3 - you will be asked further questions about the topic in Part 2. This will give you the opportunity to discuss more abstract ideas and issues. This part of the test lasts between four and five minutes.

Some of our British Council IELTS exam centres are delivering the IELTS Speaking test via video calls. This means greater flexibility in delivering IELTS Speaking tests, along with increased availability.

You will take the Video-Call IELTS Speaking test at an official British Council IELTS exam 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, question format and security arrangements.  

Delivered by British Council IELTS Speaking Examiner, the Video-Call Speaking test will maintain the face-to-face features of the in-person Speaking test.

Please find more about Video-call speaking test HERE or contact your local British Council IELTS test centre in Myanmar.

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 do well in the test. When you book with us, you get Free unlimited access to exclusive and premium test preparation materials. This includes nine videos giving advice and tutorials, 100 interactive activities and two IELTS General Training practice tests for each of the four skills.

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Before booking your IELTS English language assessment test, make sure to check which test you need with the organisations you are applying to.