Listening is your first test. It will be for 40 minutes. The Listening Test has four sections. The difficulty of these sections is progressive that clearly means the first section is easiest whereas the fourth one is the most difficult one. You need to answer 40 questions while you listen to the audio. The audios are usually monologues and conversations by native speakers.
Academic Reading has four sections. These is 1 long passage in each section based upon which you need to answer 40 questions.
General Reading has four sections. Each section has 1 or 2 texts based upon which you need to answer 40 questions. The texts are usually taken from books, magazines, newspapers, notices, advertisements, company handbooks and guidelines. The difficulty is ascending.
General writing has two tasks- Task 1 and Task 2
You have a letter in Task 1. The letter can be a formal or a semiformal or informal letter.
In task 2 there are variety of essays you need to write in a discursive manner of at least 250 words.
Academic Writing also includes two tasks.
Task 1 and Task 2: You will have to summarize a text based on given graph, table, chart or diagram.
Task 2 is of minimum 250 words discursive essay.
This module of IELTS will assess the use of Spoken English. The test has 3 parts and it lasts for 11 to 14 minutes. The test is recorded.
Part 1- This part of the test last for 4 to 5 minutes. The examiner asks you some questions about yourself. These questions are not that difficult. Usually they are about: where are you from, about you work, study, friends, neighbourhood, hobbies, food, sports, etc.
Part 2- This part is an individual speaking. In this the examiner will give you a topic to speak , on you will have to speak for 2 minutes. You have a minute to prepare. The examiner will
not interrupt at all while you speak.
Part 3: This part is a discussion. In this round the examiner was given to you 5 to 6 questions based upon the topic which was given to you in part 2. Make sure you speak as much as you can.