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What is IELTS for UKVI?

IELTS for UKVI and IELTS Life Skills, two secure English language tests (SELT) recognized and approved by the UK Home Office for individuals seeking visas to the United Kingdom. Whether you're planning to work, study, or join loved ones in the UK, these tests play a crucial role in demonstrating your proficiency in the English language.

IELTS for UKVI (Academic)

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Tailored for individuals aiming to pursue higher education at the undergraduate or postgraduate level, or those seeking professional registration in the UK.

IELTS for UKVI (General Training)

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Ideal for individuals aspiring to relocate to the UK or pursue training and education at levels below a degree.

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    Exam format

    Skill Assessments

    IELTS for UKVI’ is a UK government approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). This means that IELTS can be used to prove your English language abilities in support of a UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application.

    IELTS Speaking Test

    IELTS Speaking Test

    The UKVI IELTS Speaking Test evaluates the student’s ability to engage in effective conversations in English. The session will have three segments that will be completed in 40 minutes

    IELTS Listening Test

    IELTS Listening Test

    Candidates will receive a series of four audio recordings. They are required to listen to these recordings and respond to questions based on the content. The entire test will be completed in 30-minute.
    IELTS Reading Test

    IELTS Reading Test

    The Reading test takes 60 seconds to complete and comprises 40 questions that assess students’ reading skills and their capacity to comprehend written passages.

    IELTS Writing Test

    IELTS Writing Test

    The UKVI IELTS Writing Test is centered around two tasks, both addressing general topics relevant to the specific module undertaken by the candidate with in 60 minutes.


    Frequently Asked Questions

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    IELTS for UKVI stands for the International English Language Testing System for the UK Visa and Immigration. It is a secure English language test approved by the UK Home Office for visa applications to the UK.

    IELTS for UKVI is essentially the same as regular IELTS but is specifically designed for UK visa applications. It is taken at a UKVI approved test center and reflects this distinction on the Test Report Form.

    You can take the IELTS for UKVI test at any UKVI approved test center. These centers adhere to strict standards set by the UK Visa and Immigration authority.

    The UK Home Office recognizes IELTS for UKVI as proof of English language proficiency for individuals applying for visas to the UK. Achieving the required score demonstrates your ability to communicate effectively in English.

    Yes, the content, format, scoring, and level of difficulty of IELTS for UKVI are identical to standard IELTS. The key difference lies in the test's administration at a UKVI approved center.

    IELTS for UKVI results are generally valid for two years from the test date. However, it is advisable to check the specific requirements of the organization or institution for which you are applying.