IELTS A vs. IELTS G

The difference between IELTS A and G
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What is the difference between IELTS A IELTS G?

There are two types of IELTS to choose from: academic (IELTS A) and training (IELTS G).

IELTS A: Academic

  • Purpose: To study abroad to apply for undergraduate, postgraduate or higher degrees, and obtain professional qualifications.
  • Exam format: listening 30 minutes + 10 minutes; reading: 60 minutes; writing 60 minutes; speaking 11-14 minutes.
  • Alternative exams available: The CAEL exam can be chosen as an alternative for studying in Canada.
  • Testers who wish to study abroad to apply for undergraduate, postgraduate and above degrees, or obtain professional qualifications, should choose the IELTS A test.

IELTS G: General Training

  • Purpose: Immigration applications from English-speaking countries (such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom) or application for training and non-diploma courses.
  • Test format: listening 30 minutes + 10 minutes; IELTS g reading: 60 minutes; writing 60 minutes; speaking 11-14 minutes.
  • Alternative exams: The CELPIP exam can be chosen as an alternative for studying in Canada.
  • Testers who wish to immigrate to English-speaking countries (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom), or apply for training and non-diploma courses, should register for IELTS G.

What is the difference between IELTS A and G?

The speaking and listening parts of the IELTS A test and the IELTS G test are exactly the same. English listening and speaking skills are necessary for our daily work and study. The preparation and scoring standards for these two parts of the exam are also the same. Then the difference between IELTS A and G is reading and writing.

IELTS A Reading

Duration:
60m
Length:
3 articles(800-1000 words)
Topic:
38-42 questions
Focus:
Academic writing
Vocabulary:
Academic focus
Summary:
There are three articles in Type A reading, each with about 700-900 words. The articles mainly come from magazines, periodicals, books and newspapers. Class A reading is generally a discussion of academic articles.

VS.

IELTS G Reading

Duration:
60m
Length:
3-5 articles(800-1000 words)
Topic:
38-42 questions
Focus:
Daily use
Vocabulary:
Casual focus
Summary:
The total length of all articles in Category G reading is about 2400 words, and the difficulty of the content gradually increases, and the source of the articles is relatively wide. G-type reading articles are generally more application-oriented.

IELTS A Writing

Duration:
60m
Articles:
2 articles
Topics:
The first is a practical academic essay, and the second is a narrative/explanatory/argumentary essay
Summary:
The first article of Type A writing is some chart composition, pie chart, histogram, table, graph, etc. The second piece of A writing is an argumentative essay.

VS.

IELTS G Writing

Duration:
60m
Articles:
2 articles
Topics:
The first is a practical essay for life, and the second is a narrative/explanatory/argumentary essay. But compared with Type A, it is relatively easy to write the depth and breadth of a round.
Summary:
The first article of G writing is generally applied writing, such as: cover letter, complaint letter, and thank you letter and other similar applied writing styles.

The difference between IELTS A and G The main difference in writing can be divided into the following 2 points:

Degree of difficulty of the topic:

Just as the reading difficulty of IELTS G is lower than that of A, the difficulty of the second major essay of IELTS G is also lower than that of A, and the composition topic is clear and easy to understand. Different from IELTS G writing, A writing usually has a deeper discussion in terms of propositions.

Degree of difficulty of the subject:

IELTS G writing topics are more common in life, such as family, society, school, work, etc. Different from IELTS A writing, the topic content is quite extensive. On the basis of covering G writing, it also covers the universe, technology, education, economy, medical treatment, tourism, government, city, crime, etc., such a wide range of topics Make the A-type essay more challenging.

The difficulty and required ability of IELTS A writing test is different from IELTS G. The A composition examines whether the examinee as a student has the ability to complete academic English writing in English, that is, English for life and academics. Strength and logical thinking ability; while writing in category G involves more content and topics in life skills, mainly examining whether candidates can use their English writing skills to live in an English-speaking country.

The difference between g-type IELTS and a-type The main difference in reading can be divided into the following two points:

The topics of IELTS A-reading articles are relatively wide, such as science, history, environment, etc. Candidates do not need to be experts in these fields, but they need to have a lot of vocabulary accumulation. And A-type reading essays may also contain some technical terms, even charts and graphs. Articles usually come from professional academic journals, textbooks, reports, newspapers, etc. The entire Class A reading is composed of three passages, and each Passages examinee needs to answer 10-14 questions, for a total of 40 questions.

The IELTS G reading is the same as the A reading, and the sources of articles are mainly from journals, newspapers and magazines. However, the difference between Type G and Type A is that most paragraphs are much shorter and the vocabulary is simpler. The most important thing is that these topics are often related to daily life, especially in the first part of the G reading materials, which are generally taken from advertisements, guides, magazines, notices or employee handbooks. The IELTS G reading is composed of 3 Sections. In Section 1, there are generally 2 to 3 relatively simple articles related to daily life topics. In Section 2, there will be two short essays, which are usually related to work. Finally, in Section 3, there will be a relatively long article that discusses a more academic or abstract topic, and tends to read articles for IELTS A, which is also the most difficult article in the G reading test.

Whether it is IELTS Reading A or G, the test time is 60 minutes and 40 test questions. However, the IELTS A reading test consists of three articles, and the G reading test consists of three parts. From this point of view, the IELTS reading G test has more content than the A test article, but the IELTS A reading test has three articles. The total word count of the article is about 2000 to 2750 words, and the total word count of all articles in the IELTS G reading test is about 2400 words. Therefore, it can be seen that although the content of the G article is relatively large, the number of words in the article is not much different from the A article.

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