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IELTS Academic Test: prepare for a higher education environment

The IELTS Academic International English Language Test measures whether you have the level of English language proficiency required for an academic and higher education environment. It reflects some of the characteristics of academic language and assesses whether you are ready to start studying or training.

Take this exam if you wish to: 

  • study at the undergraduate or graduate level anywhere in the world.
  • apply for a Tier 4 student visa at a sponsoring university in the UK.
  • working in a professional organization in an English-speaking country. 

If you are applying to a UK university, you may be required to take an IELTS test for UKVI (visas and immigration).

How much does the IELTS Academic test cost in Peru?

IELTS Academic test price in Peru PEN 875.00*
*Important notice: At the time of payment, it is important to keep in mind that your bank may adjust the final amount due to exchange rates, interbank fees, among others..

Our IELTS price includes access to the exclusive Road to IELTS online preparation course (last minute version), as well as IELTS preparation materials, including mocks, mobile apps, expert advice, blog and much more. Find out more reasons to take your IELTS Academic exam with the British Council.

Duration: 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Format: the test has four sections: listening, reading, writing and speaking. When you book your place for the IELTS test with the British Council, it will take place at an official British Council IELTS test center.

Your IELTS Speaking test can be taken on the same day as the other sections of the test or one week before or after the date you have selected. You will be notified in advance. 

IELTS Academic Test, Part 1: Listening

Duration: 30 minutes plus 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet.

Format: four audio recordings in different accents. 

You will write your answers using: 

  • multiple options
  • linking options
  • labeling of a diagram
  • sentence completion

You will listen to four recordings of native English speakers and then write your answers to a series of questions.

  • Recording 1: a conversation between two people held in an everyday social context.
  • Recording 2: a monologue expressed in an everyday social context, such as a talk about local facilities.
  • Recording 3: a conversation between up to four people held in an educational or training context, such as a university tutor and a student talking about an assignment.
  • Recording 4: a monologue on an academic topic, such as a talk at university.

Examiners will be looking for evidence of your ability to understand the main ideas and detailed factual information, the opinions and attitudes of interlocutors, the purpose of an expression, and evidence of your ability to follow the development of ideas.

IELTS Academic Test, Part 2: Reading

Duration: 60 minutes


  • Reading three long texts with assignments (including diagrams, graphs or illustrations).
  • The texts range from descriptive and factual to discursive and analytical.

The reading comprehension section consists of 40 questions designed to test a wide range of reading comprehension skills. These include reading comprehension of main ideas, details, understanding of logical argument and recognition of the text authors' opinions, attitudes and purpose.

This section includes three long texts that range from factual information to discussion and analysis pieces. These texts are drawn from books, journals, magazines and newspapers. They have been selected for a non-specialist audience, although they are suitable for people entering university courses or seeking professional membership.

IELTS Academic Test, Part 3: Writing

Duration: 60 minutes


  • A written assignment to describe, explain or summarize a text or diagrams (a minimum of 150 words).
  • Writing an essay (a minimum of 250 words).

The topics are of general interest to examinees and suitable for those entering undergraduate and postgraduate study or those seeking professional registration. There are two tasks:

  • Task 1: you will be presented with a graph, table, chart or diagram and asked to describe, summarize or explain the information in your own words. You may be asked to describe and explain the data, describe the stages of a process, how something works, or describe an object or event.
  • Task 2: you will be asked to write an essay in response to a point of view, argument or problem. 

Responses to both tasks should be formal in style.

IELTS Academic Test, Part 4: Speaking

Duration: 10 a 14 minutes


  • Personal interview with your examiner where there will be brief questions on familiar topics and you will be asked to speak in detail about a topic.

Please note that depending on the location of the test center, the Speaking section of your exam may be scheduled on a different day.

The Speaking section tests your use of spoken English. All exams are recorded.

  • Part 1: The examiner will ask you general questions about yourself and a range of familiar topics, such as home, family, work, studies and interests. This part lasts between four and five minutes.
  • Part 2: You will be given a card asking you to talk about a particular topic. You will have one minute to prepare before speaking for up to two minutes. The examiner will then ask you one or two questions on the same topic.
  • Part 3: You will be asked additional questions on the topic of Part 2. This will give you the opportunity to talk about more abstract ideas and issues. This part of the exam lasts between four and five minutes.

Some of our IELTS test centers will implement the Speaking test via video call. This means more flexibility and availability.

You will take your IELTS Speaking test via video call at an official IELTS centre with the same high standard of identity verification. The test will maintain the one-on-one interview format with an official examiner and will be exactly the same as the face-to-face test in terms of content, scoring, timing, difficulty level, question format, security provisions and biosecurity protocols.

For more information, please contact your official IELTS centre in Peru.

Register for the IELTS Academic test

Success begins with the IELTS English test. If your goal is to study at university or work in an English-speaking country, the IELTS Academic exam is right for you.

At the British Council, we are committed to giving you the help you need to do well in the exam. When you book with us, you'll get unlimited free access to the last minute Road to IELTS course. This includes nine videos with tips and tutorials, 100 interactive activities and two IELTS Academic practice tests for each of the four skills.

Before you book your test, be sure to check with the organisations you are registering with to see which test you need. 

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