I have recently had quite a few enquiries from customers about which of our IELTS practice tests to buy. Obviously our practice tests correspond to the academic and general training module of IELTS.
First of all, which module candidates take is wholly up to the institution that requires them to take IELTS. In very general terms, the academic module is for those people who wish to study in an institution that conducts its course in English. The general training module is for those people who wish to emigrate to an English speaking country, such as New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the US and the UK. These, however are very general guidelines, and there are plenty of exceptions. For example, a candidate may wish to emigrate, but her or his field of work may be medical, and those working in a medical field are often requested to take the academic module. As explained above, if you’re not sure then it is the institution that requires you to take IELTS that should be able to tell you which module they require.
In terms of the IELTS practice tests, the listening and speaking sections of IELTS and of course our IELTS practice tests are the same. The difference lies in the reading and the writing modules. As this is just a short article, I won’t go into it in this piece, but I will address the differences later in the week.