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Welcome to IELTS

IELTS, the international English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of people who want to study or work where English is the language of communication.

It is recognised and accepted by over 9,000 organisations worldwide, including universities, employers, professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.

To find out whether you need to take an approved test, and what level you need to achieve, please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website for more information.


IELTS for UKVI
IELTS for UKVI Academic

Suitable for Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 4 UK Visas and Immigration applications
IELTS for UKVI Academic is for test takers wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration in the UK.

When applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses at most UK universities and colleges, different arrangements may apply – you should contact the institution you wish to apply to for more information.

Components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
IELTS for UKVI General Training

Suitable for Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 4 UK Visas and Immigration applications
IELTS for UKVI General Training is for test takers wishing to migrate to the UK and for those wishing to train or study below degree level.

Components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
IELTS Life Skills A1

A1 on the CEFR / ESOL Entry 1 on NQF
IELTS Life Skills A1 is for people who need to prove their English speaking and listening skills at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level A1 as part of their application to UKVI for Family, Spouse or Partner visa.

Components: Speaking and Listening
IELTS Life Skills B1

B1 on the CEFR / ESOL Entry 3 on the NQF
IELTS life Skills B1 is for people who need to prove their English speaking and listening skills at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level B1 as part of their application to UKVI for citizenship/settlement.

Components: Speaking and Listening

Those who are applying for a Tier 4 student visa to a Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS) to study a bachelor or postgraduate degree are required to meet the English language level set by the institution. All British universities and colleges accept IELTS results. This means you can apply with an IELTS result from any of the 1,000 IELTS test locations worldwide unless your institution has additional requirements.


IELTS
IELTS Academic
IELTS Academic is for test takers wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels and for those seeking to join a professional organisation in an English speaking country.

Components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
IELTS General Training
IELTS General Training is for test takers wishing to migrate to the English speaking Countries including Australia, Canada and New Zealand and for those wishing to train or study below degree level.

Components: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking

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Are you applying for IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)?


  Only authorised test centres can offer IELTS for UKVI. Choose from the list of authorised British Council test centres around the world.
  Choose from one of the British Council’s IELTS test centres.

Disclaimer: It is the responsibility of the test taker to register for the right type of test. If you are applying for IELTS for UKVI, you must register at one of the authorised British Council’s IELTS test centre for UKVI. The test centre cannot be held responsible for an incorrect selection.

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