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Academic or General IELTS?

Academic and General IELTS – What’s the difference?

There are two versions of the IELTS exam: Academic and General. Here’s a quick guide to the differences (and similarities) between them.

Both versions of the IELTS exam have four sections: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking. The Listening and Speaking sections are the same in both versions, but the Reading and Writing sections are different.

For both versions, in the Listening section, you listen to a total of four monologues and conversations, and answer a variety of different questions on them. You only listen once and the test is approximately thirty minutes.

For both versions, in the Speaking section, you answer questions on familiar topics, speak continuously for one to two minutes on a topic, and answer questions on more abstract topics. You do the speaking exam individually with one examiner. It’s eleven to fourteen minutes long.

For Academic Reading, you read three longer texts and answer a variety of questions about them. The texts are more academic in nature. You have one hour to complete the test.

For General Reading, you also read three texts and answer a variety of questions on them, but these texts are more related to work and general interests. This test is also thirty minutes.

For Academic Writing, you write two pieces of writing. The first is a summary of information. You might be asked to summarise information from a chart or graph, a table, or a diagram showing a process, objects or maps or plans. The second piece of writing is an essay. You have one hour in total for both Writing tasks.

For General Writing, you also write two pieces of writing. The first task is a letter and the second task is an essay. The length of the exam is also one hour in total for both Writing tasks.

Now you know a little more about the difference and similarities between Academic and General IELTS.

At Eurospeak Language School we offer our IELTS exam students real IELTS practice material and for homework and in class.

We also have additional resources, practice IELTS exams and sample IELTS material for you to use in your own time, at home, or to study in the students’ area.

For more information about studying General English, Cambridge Exam Preparation or IELTS Exam Preparation courses with Europeak Reading or Eurospeak Southampton, please contact us on:

Eurospeak Southampton
10 Cumberland Place
SO15 2BH
+44 (0) 2380 636494

Eurospeak Reading
29a Chain Street
+44 (0) 1189 589599


Effective Reading Techniques

We all know that reading in a second language can be tricky. Why is this and what can you do about it so that you can become an effective reader?

Let’s first consider obstacles to effective reading. Are you reading something you enjoy? If you wouldn’t read it in your first language, then you certainly won’t want to read it in your second language! So choose something that you actually want to read to motivate yourself to do it more.

Another obstacle is feeling that you need to understand every single word. Well, you do NOT need to understand every word to read effectively. Effective reading is possibly as long as you can understand the important words in a text.

So, how can you be an effective reader? The answer to this depends on why you are reading. You might be reading just to get the gist of a text, in other words, to understand in general what the text is about. If you are reading for this reason, try skimming, which involves reading a text quickly to understand its main ideas, but not to grasp all the details. If you are reading for details, then you should try scanning. When you scan, you take a closer look at the text to find out more information about particular points of interest.

Another key to effective reading is the ability to read at a good speed. If you think you’re reading too slowly, give yourself a time limit when you read – and stick to it! If you don’t finish within your time limit the first time, don’t give up – with practice, you will improve!

It’s also a good idea to practice reading using shorter texts. Taking on a very long text can be daunting, and you might find that you give up reading it. So, read something shorter and more manageable – you’ll feel like you’ve achieved something when you’ve finished it, which will make you feel good and encourage you to read more.

Finally, to be an effective reader you, of course, need to understand what you read. A great way to check your understanding of what you’ve read is to write a summary of it after you’ve read it. If you can do this, then you have understood; if some parts are difficult to write, you can go back to your reading text again for clarification.

So, find something that you want to read, implement these ideas and you’ll be on the road to becoming an effective reader.

At Eurospeak we offer our Cambridge exam students real Cambridge reading material and authentic exam practice material for homework and in class.

We also have a class library scheme for General English classes, so that you can choose the book of your choice, at the correct CEFR Level, and return it once you have finished!

For more information about studying General English, Cambridge Exam Preparation or IELTS Exam Preparation courses with Europeak Reading or Eurospeak Southampton, please contact us on:

Eurospeak Southampton
10 Cumberland Place
SO15 2BH
+44 (0) 2380 636494

Eurospeak Reading
29a Chain Street
+44 (0) 1189 589599

Testimonials 2.


Hello! My name is Kai, I am 23 years old, I am from Switzerland and I’m studying at Eurospeak in upper-intermediate level and I feel satisfied with the results. My conversation has improved a lot since the day that I arrived. Study in Eurospeak I think is one of the best things because you can get to know a lot of people.

Autumn term timetable

We have General English morning classes from Monday – Friday at 9.30am – 12.45am.

We also run Conversation classes from 2pm – 4pm, Monday to Friday.

General English evening classes from Monday – Thursday at 6:30pm – 8:30pm (depending on the level).

Course timetable

Autumn Timetable
Autumn Timetable

Autumn term


We offer General English Classes in the morning 9:30 – 12:45h

Conversation classes 14:00 – 16:00h

General English evening classes 18:30 – 20:30h

Morning General English classes 9.30 – 12.45h 
Elementary (Everyday)
Pre-Intermediate (Everyday)
Intermediate (Everyday)
FCE Preparation (Everyday)
CAE Preparation (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
IELTS (Monday and Tuesday)

Afternoon classes 14:00 – 16:00h
Pronunciation (Tuesday)
Conversation ( Monday and Wednesday)
Writing (Thursday)
Job skills (Friday)

Evening General English classes: 18:30- 20:30h
Elementary (Monday and Wednesday)
Pre- Intermediate (Tuesday and Thursday)
Intermediate (Monday and Wednesday)
Upper- intermediate (Tuesday and Thursday)

Autumn term dates:

Starts: 7th September 2015

Finishes: 18th December 2015

How to Enrol at Eurospeak!

Students who wish to join any of our designated courses at Eurospeak Language School in Reading can apply following the process below:

  1. Completed Application Form: 
  2. Completed Level Test: 
  3. Scan or copy of your ID or passport
  4. Scan or copy of your visa

    Student Visitor Visa
    Student Visitor Visa
  5. Payment for your course
  6. Complete the enrolment form at reception

If you have any queries or questions, please  contact us on: or call us on +44 (0) 1189 589599

We look forward to hearing from you soon!


IELTS Courses at Eurospeak Reading, Berkshire

We have new IELTS courses that have just ‘kicked-off’! You can still join our IELTS course in Reading (Berkshire) if you are looking to prepare for the test.

We have many groups of hopeful (and with our teachers I’m sure they’ll succeed) students currently enrolled in our ACADEMIC IELTS classes. We have many different nationalities for many different courses – so come and join!

Courses will be running all summer with groups finishing and new groups starting regularly.
Many students find IELTS very difficult so it is definitely worthwhile joining the course whether you want study at a UK university or you are just taking the exam for visa purposes.

So if you want to get the IELTS score you want – join Eurospeak Language School in Berkshire now. Our students have consistently achieved their desired IELTS scores.

Contact us now. Tell: 0118 958 9599, Email:
Address: 29a Chain Street, Reading, RG1 2HX, Berkshire

Private IELTS classes in Reading Berkshire

Eurospeak Language School based in the Reading Town Centre in Berkshire offers highly experienced and skilled IELTS trainers with an excellent track record of helping students achieve the required score.

So if you have an IELTS exam date that is approaching soon or you want a crash course in IELTS, we can help you. Our IELTS teachers are available to conduct classes on a one to one or two to one basis . We also offer 3 hour IELTS classes at our school in the mornings (Monday and Tuesday) from 9:30 am to 12:45 .

Whether you need help in Reading, Writing, Listening or Speaking or want to brush up all for components of the test, our teachers can help you.

We also offer a special package if you want only your writing to be marked.

Our one to one classes start at £35 per hour but if you book more classes we offer the classes at only £30 per hour.

Our three hour morning group IELTS classes cost £16 per class for EU and Non Visa students.

Get in touch if Eurospeak Language School if you are looking for private IELTS preparation courses in Reading, Berkshire.

Address: Eurospeak, 29a Chain Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 2HX
Tel: 0118 958 9599