What is the IELTS English Exam? 備試課程 HK


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The IELTS exam is the most popular English Language Examination in the world. It is run by a consortium consisting of The British Council (United Kingdom), IDP Education (Australia) and The University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations.

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What Is The Format of the IELTS Exam?

There are two modules: Academic and General Training. The academic module is for university entrance and is also used by the Hong Kong Universities CEPA exit test in the final year.

It is a paper based test and takes a whole day. The whole exam is designed to test: Writing, Reading, Speaking and Listening.

NB Only the TOEFL iBT test is available in Hong Kong.

Academic Module



Writing Test


  • 60 minutes Long
  • 2 writing papers
  • Part 1 is a report writing task (such as a graph)
  • Part 2 is an argumentative essay

Reading Test


  • 60 minutes Long
  • 3 Parts
  • 40 Questions
  • The reading articles are on academic subjects - but you need no expert knowledge to understand them. They are about 1000 words long.

Speaking Paper


  • Takes 15 minutes
  • 3 parts that get progressively more difficult
  • 1-1 Examination:- just one student with one examiner
  • Score Bands 0-9

Listening Test


  • 30 minutes Long
  • 4 parts
  • 40 questions
  • No marks deducted for wrong answers
  • The recordings focus on university life and social aspects of studying abroad (Eg 3 students talking about a project or a telephone conversation with an estate agent)

General Training Module



Writing Paper


  • 60 Minutes long
  • 2 writing papers
  • Part 1 is Letter writing (e.g. a Job Application) - 150 words (20 Minutes)
  • Part 2 is an argumentative essay - 250 words (40 Minutes)

Reading Paper


  • 60 Minutes Long
  • 3 Parts
  • 40 questions
  • Reading passages based on day to day life & social issues - No expert knowledge needed

Speaking Paper


  • Takes 15 minutes
  • 3 Parts
  • 1-1 format (1 student with 1 examiner)
  • Questions get more difficult as the test progresses


Listening Paper


  • 30 Minutes long
  • 4 parts
  • 40 questions
  • Recordings are about social / academic issues
  • No marks are deducted for wring answers

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