What is IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)?

If you are looking to work or study in the UK, you may need to apply for a UK Visa (i.e. a UK student visa or a UK work visa). You also must also demonstrate that you have met the required level of English by taking a Home Office approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), such as IELTS for UKVI (Academic and General Training) or IELTS Life Skills.

Is there a difference in test format between IELTS and IELTS for UKVI?

IELTS and IELTS for UKVI are the same in terms of format, content, scoring and level of difficulty. However, the Test Report Form which contains your results is slightly different to show that you have taken the test at an official IELTS for UKVI location, which is approved by the UK Home Office. 

Which test format should I take to study in the UK or get a work visa for the UK?

If you are a student, please check with your university / college / school which test you need before booking your IELTS for UKVI test.

If you are applying for a UK Student Visa (Tier 4) at a higher education institution 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 from the British Council. This means you may not need to take an IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test but can instead submit an IELTS Academic result.

If you are NOT a student,  please check which test format you need with the organisations you are applying to before booking the IELTS for UKVI test.

We offer IELTS for UKVI in Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia

Test Description Fee
IELTS for UKVI (Academic) Take this test if the university or organisation you are applying to has requested that you take the IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test. MYR 935
IELTS for UKVI (General Training) Take this test if you want to migrate to the UK or want to train or study in the UK below degree level. MYR 935
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. MYR 792
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. MYR 792

You can also take IELTS for UKVI (Academic and General Training) One Skill Retake on computer. Find out more about IELTS One Skill Retake

Taking IELTS for UKVI with the British Council in Malaysia

IELTS for UKVI tests (Academic and General Training) and IELTS Life Skills are taken at a UKVI approved test centre. The British Council has UKVI approved venues across the world. When you book your UKVI IELTS test in Malaysia you can choose between doing your test on paper, or on a computer.

Book IELTS for UKVI  with the British Council and you will receive:

  • Our special offer which gives you free access to our new and exclusive IELTS for UKVI preparation materials: ‘GEL IELTS Prep, This includes personalised, smart support that works with your learning needs to help you reach your required IELTS for UKVI score. It includes free IELTS mock tests and IELTS practice resources for all four skills.
  • Free access to 'IELTS Ready Premium': including 40+ IELTS practice tests across the four skills: Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening.
  • Free IELTS practice tests and preparation materials: practise IELTS with the British Council for free online or with a copy of the IELTS Practice book, which contains sample IELTS mock tests for IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.
  • Convenient dates and locations: we have multiple test locations in Malaysia. All official British Council IELTS test centres are conveniently located and have modern facilities.
  • Five extra IELTS Test Report Forms for free: we send these free of charge to institutions you’re applying to (e.g. immigration offices, universities, etc.)
  • Easy booking and friendly, professional staff: you can book the test online or in-person with convenient payment options. Our experienced staff will help you every step of the way to make sure that your IELTS journey runs smoothly.

Please note: You can either book IELTS for UKVI online (by clicking on the "Book now" button below), or you can also download the booking form here and register for the test at the test centre. If you are submitting your IELTS for UKVI registration offline, please ensure you submit your form and payment 10 days before your test date – or 4 days before your test date if you are a walk-in registration and you are making payment at our test centre. For IELTS test date availability, child protection form and information about the payment options, please contact our test centre.

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