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

If you are looking to work or study in UK, you may need to apply for a UK Visa and 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?

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

If you are applying for a 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 This means you may not need to take an IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test but can 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 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 895
IELTS for UKVI (General Training) Take this test if you want to migrate to the UK or want to train or study below degree level. MYR 895
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

Taking IELTS for UKVI with the British Council

IELTS for UKVI (Academic and General Training) tests and IELTS Life Skills are taken at a UKVI approved test centre. British Council has UKVI approved venues across the world. You can choose between paper-based or computer-delivered IELTS for UKVI when you book your test.

Book with the British Council and you will receive:

  • Our special offer which will give you free access to our brand new IELTS for UKVI preparation materials: ‘GEL IELTS Prep, which includes personalised, smart support that works with you and your learning needs to help you reach your required IELTS for UKVI score, and includes mock tests and practice resources for all four skills.
  • Free access to a last minute preparation course ‘Road to IELTS’ IELTS’, which includes nine videos with advice and tutorials, 100 interactive activities and two practice tests for each of the four skills.
  • Free 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 tests for IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.
  • Convenient dates and locations: we have multiple test locations in countries all around the world. There are more than 800 official British Council IELTS test centres, all of which are conveniently located and have modern facilities.
  • Five extra 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 it offline, please ensure you submit your form and payment 10 days before your test date or 4 days before your test date if it is via walk-in and making payment at our test centre. For test date availability, child protection form and information about the payment options, please contact our test centre here.

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