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Why take an Academic test when you don't need to? The IELTS General Training test examines your English using every-day, non-academic English, and is accepted for migration, secondary education and work experience in New Zealand.*
*Always check with your migration agent, education consultant or workplace to find out which IELTS test you need.
If you like the opportunity to live, study or work in New Zealand, there are many visa options available to you. There is a study visa, skilled, sponsored work visa and business visa. Some of these may lead to Permanent Residency (PR) in New Zealand.
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IELTS Academic and IELTS General training are comprised of the same four sections of the test: Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking.
The Listening and Speaking sections are the same, but the Reading and Writing tests are where they differ.
IELTS General Training focuses mainly on assessing a person’s proficiency, confidence and comfort when communicating in English in daily situations that they are likely to encounter in a native English-speaking environment.
In the IELTS General Training Reading test you will be presented with passages from brochures and advertisements. These are materials that you may come across every day.
In the IELTS General Training Writing test, he test-taker is required to write about general topics instead of academic ones. Just like IELTS Academic, for the General Training Writing test you also have to complete two tasks:
The IELTS Writing Task 1 asks you to write a letter based on a given situation. The letter could be formal or informal and would be about a request, explanation or a viewpoint supporting the situation.
The IELTS Writing Task 2 is the same for both Academic and General Training. The test-taker would need to write a formal essay in response to a statement or premise.