There are two types of the IELTS test: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.
The IELTS Academic test is for people applying for higher education or professional registration in an English speaking environment. It reflects some of the features of academic language and assesses whether you are ready to begin studying or training.
This approach is widely supported by the institutions that recognise IELTS.
IELTS General Training
The IELTS General Training test is for those who are going to English speaking countries for secondary education, work experience or training programs. It is also a requirement for migration to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The test focuses on basic survival skills in broad social and workplace contexts.
It is necessary to ensure that you are good enough in English to deal in everyday life at the workplace or out of the workplace, and also you can communicate in written English using formal and informal tones as per the situation.
IELTS Academic and General Training – Exam level differences
There are no major differences between both versions of the tests. However, the reading module is altogether different for both modules. The listening module will be the same, speaking has also no difference. Further, in the writing section, academic candidates will have different types of task 1 which will be a chart, table, graph, process analysis etc. On the other hand, GT candidates will get a letter to write based on given prompts. Writing task 2 in nature and difficulty will be similar however the actual topic may be different.