Do you need to prove your English language level for a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) application?
IELTS is on the UKVI list of approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT). If you need an IELTS test result as part of your application to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), you will need to take your test at a specific test location authorised by UKVI.
To find out whether you need to take IELTS for UKVI, and what level you need to achieve, please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website for more information.
If you are applying for a Tier 4 student visa to a Highly Trusted Sponsor, please check the official register of sponsors before you apply.
IELTS Academic for UK Visas and Immigration
This test is for test takers wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration in the UK. The test involves Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.
IELTS General Training for UK Visas and Immigration
IELTS Life Skills A1
This test is for those who need to prove their English speaking and listening skills as part of their application to UK Visas and Immigration for Family, Spouse or Partner visa.
- The A1 level is within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), the equivalent to ESOL Entry 1 on the National Qualification Framework (NQF).
- The test involves Speaking and Listening
IELTS Life Skills B1
This test is for those who need to prove their English speaking and listening skills as part of their application to UK Visas and Immigration for citizenship/settlement visa.