UKVI approved IELTS tests

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UKVI approved IELTS tests 06 Apr 2015
IELTS tests approved for UK  Visas and Immigrations

IELTS Academic

 IELTS Academic measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment. The tasks and texts are accessible to anyone, irrespective of your subject focus. The Academic format is, broadly speaking, for those who want to study or train in a university that teaches in English at undergraduate or postgraduate level, or institutions of higher and further education. Many professions (e.g. medical, nursing, accounting, engineering) also require an Academic test result for registration purposes in many countries.

IELTS General Training

 IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and texts reflect both workplace and social situations. The General Training version of the test is typically for those who are going to English-speaking countries to do secondary education, work experience or training programs. This version of the test is also often a visa requirement if you are planing to migrate to English speaking countries including Australia, the UK, Canada and New Zealand.

IELTS Life Skills

 IELTS Life Skills is a test of Speaking and Listening, available at CEFR Level A1 and CEFR Level B1. It is designed to meet the requirements of UK Visas and Immigration for certain visa categories and other immigration purposes.

IELTS test and score required for UK visa applications

Please note that if you need an IELTS test for UK visa applications, you can only take them at a UKVI approved IELTS test centre.

Please visit Guidance on applying for a UK visa : approved English language tests for more information

Visa description

IELTS test and minimum score required overall and in each skill1

Tier 1 (General) visa

IELTS - 7.0 overall, and in each of the four skills

Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa

IELTS - 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa

IELTS - 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills

Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa

IELTS - 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills

Tier 2 (General) visa

IELTS - 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills

Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa2

IELTS - 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills1

Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa

IELTS - 5.5 overall, and in each of the four skills

Tier 4 (General) student visa - below degree level

IELTS - 4.0 overall, and in each of the four skills

Tier 4 (General) student visa - degree level and above and including some pre-sessional courses3

IELTS - 5.5 overall, and in each of the four skills

‘Family of a settled person’ visa

IELTS Life Skills at A1 – Pass4
IELTS – 4.0 in Speaking and Listening

Indefinite leave to remain (to settle) or citizenship5

IELTS Life Skills at B1 – Pass
IELTS – 4.0 in Speaking and Listening