The General Training focuses on daily life in the context of work and business. All four language skills are evaluated: oral expression, oral comprehension, written expression, and written comprehension. Oral expression lasts between 11 and 14 minutes and includes discussing a specific topic as well as a conversation about everyday life. Oral comprehension focuses mainly on conversations or monologues in everyday life and lasts approximately 30 minutes. For written expression, you will have 60 minutes to write a letter that deals with an everyday situation as well as an argument to a problem. Written comprehension also lasts 60 minutes and addresses everyday texts (advertisements, for example), texts from professional life (employment offers, salary, work conditions, etc.), as well as more complicated general interest texts. All of these texts are authentic – that is to say, they are form the real world.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test of international English (mainly British and American) given by Cambridge University. It is accepted by most universities in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, and South Africa, as an alternative to the TOEFL for admissions. Given this, it has become the most popular English test.