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The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world's most popular English language proficiency test, which is meant for people who wish to attain a professional or academic career globally. It comprises both General and Academic Training.

If you want to study, work or move to the UK, You should pass the IELTS test for UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) purposes known as IELTS for UKVI. This procedure applies to people who are coming from a non-English speaking country. Academies, colleges, universities and other professional bodies will accept IELTS for UKVI score only. Regular IELTS won't be considered.

There will be no difference in the format, content or level of difficulty and scoring. IELTS for UKVI takes additional safety protocols to assure the authenticity and legitimacy of the test conducting organisation. The Test Report Form (TRF) will look a slight difference from the regular IELTS.

Visa description Minimum CEFR level required Skills IELTS test and minimum score required overall and in each skill
Tier 1 (General) visa C1 Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS for UKVI – 7.0 overall, and in each of the four ski
Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa B1 Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS for UKVI – 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa B1 Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS for UKVI – 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa B1 Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS for UKVI – 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills
Tier 2 (General) visa - in most cases B1 Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS for UKVI – 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills
Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa A1 Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS Life Skills at A1 – Pass IELTS for UKVI2 – 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills
Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa B2 Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS for UKVI - 5.5 overall, and in each of the four skills
Tier 4 (General) student visa - below degree level and pre-sessional courses B1 Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS for UKVI - 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills
Tier 4 (General) student visa - degree level and above B2 Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening IELTS/IELTS for UKVI3 – 5.5 overall, and in each of the four skills
Family route
  • Spouse/partner
  • Parent of a dependant
A1 Speaking and Listening IELTS Life Skills at A1 – Pass IELTS for UKVI2 – 4.0 in Speaking and Listening
Family route (extension)
  • Spouse/partner
  • Parent of a dependant
A2 Speaking and Listening IELTS Life Skills at A2 – Pass IELTS for UKVI2 – 4.0 in Speaking and Listening
Indefinite leave to remain (to settle) or citizenship B1 Speaking and Listening IELTS Life Skills at B1 – Pass IELTS for UKVI2 – 4.0 in Speaking and Listening

IELTS Life Skills

IELTS Life Skills is an exam to prove the English speaking and listening skills of one to get a UK VISA. This comes under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) levels A1 and B1. It is created to accomplish the requirements of UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for visa and immigration purposes.

A1 Prove your English speaking and listening skills as part of your application to UK Visas and Immigration for further leave to remain.
B1 Prove your English speaking and listening skills as part of your application to UK Visas and Immigration for indefinite leave to remain or citizenship.

IELTS for UKVI test locations

IELTS for UKVI tests are open and available throughout the country, and only in places assigned by UKVI. The UKVI won't consider results from any other examination locations and organisations. At the time of registration, confirm that you use test result for a UK visa application. Make sure you attend the exam in an 'IELTS for UKVI' test session.

Test type Test fee*
IELTS for UKVI INR 18,500
Life Skills INR 13, 850

*IELTS fee is subject to change without prior notice

Test results

The results of your IELTS for UKVI and Life Skills will be out within 13 and 7 days of your attempt respectively. The result won't be available online. The Test Result Form (TRF) will be sent to you by postal address you provided in the application form.

Prepare yourself for the IELTS for UKVI with our examples

Practising trial test is an excellent way to make you prepare for the test. By practising on a variety of free practice tests that we provided, you'll become familiar with the test format and questioning pattern. Evaluate yourself, how you score under the time limit. This will make you capable and prepare for the IELTS for UKVI test.

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