The IELTS listening test is same for both Academic and General Training papers.
It consists of 40 questions (10 per section) and lasts around 30 minutes. You will have 10 minutes at the end to transfer your answers from the question paper to the answer sheet.
The listening test consists of four separate sections, each more difficult than the last. In other words, part one is the easiest and part four is the most difficult. Each part has a different theme or focus.
The IELTS reading test is different for both Academic and General Training papers.
It consists of 40 questions and lasts around 60 minutes. You will not have any extra time at the end.
The reading test consists of three separate sections, each passage has different level of difficulties. Usually last page is hard. Each part has a different theme or focus.
The IELTS writing test is the different for both those taking the Academic and General Training papers.
It consists of two tasks and lasts around 60 minutes. Only the task 1 will be different in academic and general , the task 2 will be same in both the papers.
In writing module you will be given 60 minutes time. For task 1, you can spend up to 20 minutes and and 40 for task 2 because of the word limits and assessment criteria. You have to write at least 150 words in task 1 and 250 words for task 2 to fulfill the task requirements.
The IELTS speaking test is the same for both those taking the Academic and General Training papers.
Part 1 is about YOU. They will ask you familiar, everyday questions about your life. This will last around 4-5 minutes.
Part 2 is sometimes called the ‘long turn’. You will be given a cue card and you will have 1 minute to prepare your answer. You will then be asked to speak for up to 2 minutes.
Part 3 is more abstract. This is your opportunity to really develop your answers and discuss the issues brought up by the examiner. This will last 4-5 minutes.