IELTS Academic – get ready for a higher education environment or study abroad

The IELTS Academic test measures whether you have the level of English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher education environment. It reflects some of the features of academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin international study or training.

Take this IELTS Academic test if you want to: 

  • study abroad at either undergraduate or postgraduate level anywhere in the world
  • apply for international study with a Tier 4 UK Student Visa at a university that is a Tier 4 Sponsor in the UK
  • be eligible for jobs abroad or find work in a professional organisation in an English-speaking country. 

You can choose between doing an IELTS online test, or do your IELTS test on paper or on a computer. 

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

Fee for IELTS Academic in the Philippines:

The fee for an IELTS on Paper and on Computer Academic test is PHP 12,720. (IELTS for UKVI on Paper and on Computer Academic test fee is PHP 13,100).  


What does the fee include? Our IELTS test fee includes exclusive preparation materials, free practice tests and much more. 

Duration: 2 hours and 45 minutes (Listening. Reading and Writing) + 11-14 minutes (Speaking)

IELTS Academic test format: There are four sections to the IELTS test: Listening for IELTS Academic, Reading for IELTS Academic, Writing for IELTS Academic and Speaking for IELTS Academic. When you book your IELTS exam with the British Council, the test will take place in an official British Council IELTS test centre, whether you take the test on paper or on computer.

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
  • a day before (on Friday, when the main test is on Saturday)
  • a day after (on Friday, when the main test is on Thursday)

You will receive notification about your Speaking test date a week in advance.  If you take your test on a computer, you have a free choice of Speaking test dates.

With IELTS Online, you can take your test at home or any private location with a stable internet connection. 

If you choose this option, you will write the answers to the Listening, Reading and Writing sections on your computer. The Speaking test will be conducted with a trained IELTS Examiner via an online video call.

IELTS Academic test Part 1: Listening Tasks

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

Format: Four audio recordings in varying accents. 

You will write your answers using: 

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

You will listen to four recordings of native English speakers 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 a word and evidence of your ability to follow the development of ideas.

IELTS Academic test Part 2: Reading Tasks

Duration: 60 minutes


  • Three long reading passages with tasks (including diagrams, graphs or illustrations
  • Texts range from descriptive and factual to the discursive and analytical.

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

This section includes three long texts which range from factual information to discussion pieces and analysis. These are taken from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been selected for a non-specialist audience but are appropriate for people entering university courses or seeking professional registration.

IELTS Academic test Part 3: Writing Tasks

Duration: 60 minutes


  • One written task to describe, explain or summarise text or diagrams (minimum 150 words)
  • One essay task (minimum 250 words).

Topics used for the Writing for IELTS Academic test are suitable for test takers entering undergraduate and postgraduate studies or seeking professional registration. There are two tasks:

  • Writing for IELTS Academic Task 1 – you will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarise or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain data, describe the stages of a process, how something works or describe an object or event.
  • Writing for IELTS Academic Task 2 – you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. 

Responses to both tasks must be in a formal style.

IELTS Academic test Part 4: Speaking Tasks

Duration: 10 - 14 minutes


  • Face-to-face interview with your examiner including short questions about familiar topics and speaking in detail about one 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. These 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 IELTS test centres are delivering the IELTS Academic Speaking test via video calls. This means greater flexibility in delivering IELTS Speaking tests, along with increased availability.

You will take the Video-Call Speaking test at an official IELTS test 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 an 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 test centre.

Book your IELTS Academic test in the Philippines

Success starts with IELTS. If your goal is to study abroad at university or find work abroad in an English-speaking country, then IELTS Academic is the right test for you.

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