Study, work and live in the UK with IELTS for UKVI

Do you need to prove your English language level for a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) application?

If you are applying for a UK Visa, you will need to demonstrate you have met the required level of English by passing a test with a Home Office approved Secure English Language testing (SELT) provider.

IELTS for UKVI (Academic and General Training) and IELTS Life Skills are approved Secure English language tests (SELT) by the UK Home Office for visa applications to the UK.

Please note: If you are applying for a Tier 4 Student Visa at a Higher Education Institution (HEI) to enter directly onto a bachelor or postgraduate degree at a university that is a Tier 4 Sponsor, you must meet the English language level set by the institution.

All British universities and colleges accept IELTS Academic results. This means you may not need to take an IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test but can submit an IELTS Academic result.

Before booking your test, make sure to check which test you need with the organisations you are applying to.

Taking IELTS for UKVI with the British Council

IELTS for UKVI (Academic and General Training) tests are taken at a UKVI approved test centre. This test is for those who need to assess all four (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing) abilities.

There is no difference in the test format between IELTS (Academic / General Training) and IELTS for UKVI (Academic / General Training). The test is the same in terms of content, format, level of difficulty and scoring. Test Report Forms, however, will be slightly different to show that you have taken the test at an official IELTS UKVI location approved by the UK Home Office. 

To find out whether you need to take IELTS for UKVI, and what level you need to achieve, please use the visa checking service supplied by the UK Home Office.
Find out which score you need for your visa.

IELTS for UKVI (Academic)

Take this test if the University / Institution / Organisation you are applying to has requested that you to take the IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test. 
Book the IELTS for UKVI (Academic) 

IELTS for UKVI (General Training)

This test is for those who want to train or study below degree level in the UK. It can also be used to work or undertake work-related training or emigrate to the UK. 
Book the IELTS for UKVI (General Training) 

IELTS Life Skills

IELTS Life Skills is an English test for people who need to prove only their speaking and listening skills at Levels A1, A2 or B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). If you are applying for a UK Visa, IELTS Life Skills can prove your English speaking and listening skills for the following routes - family of a settled person, family, spouse or partner and indefinite leave to remain or citizenship. 

IELTS Life Skills is available at two levels: 

IELTS LIFE SKILLS A1

Take this test if you need to prove your English speaking and listening skills as part of your application to UK Visas and Immigration for ‘family of a settled person’ visas. 
Book IELTS Life Skills A1 

IELTS LIFE SKILLS B1

Take this test if you need to prove your English speaking and listening skills as part of your application to UK Visas and Immigration for indefinite leave to remain or citizenship. 
Book IELTS Life Skills B1