Applicants to UK Universities Need to Register Separately for 'IELTS for UKVI' Language Test

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Piyush Kohli
Study Abroad Expert
Updated on May 18, 2022 15:29 IST

If you are planning to pursue any educational degree from UK, you will have to give a separate language exam called IELTS for UKVI. General IELTS will not be accepted at UK universities and colleges anymore. It 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. The pattern of test and the scoring are exactly the same as IELTS and involves ListeningReadingWriting and Speaking sections. However, the difference lies in the TRF (Test Report Form). For the IELTS for UKVI you will receive a different SELT Reference Number that can be used for the UK Home Office. UKVI test is available only at those test centers that meet the administrative requirements outlined by the UK Home Office.

This test is for test takers wishing to study in UK at undergraduate or postgraduate levels and for those seeking professional registration in the UK. For different purposes, there are different types within IELTS for UKIV. Depending on your requirement, you will have to register for either one of the type. Consult the following table for reference.

Before booking, check the test you need and the level you need to achieve: UK Visas and Immigration website.

Types

Test Type

For information

IELTS Academic for UK Visas and Immigration

  • This test is for test takers wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels and for those seeking professional registration in the UK.
  • The test involves Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

IELTS General Training for UK Visas and Immigration

  • This test is for test takers wishing to migrate to the UK and for those wishing to train or study below degree level.
  • The test involves Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

IELTS Life Skills A1

  • This test is for those who need to prove their English Speaking and Listening skills as part of their application to UK Visas and Immigration for the Family, Spouse or Partner visa.
  • The A1 level is within the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR), the equivalent to ESOL Entry 1 on the National Qualification Framework (NQF).
  • The test involves Speaking and Listening.

IELTS Life Skills B1

  • This test is for those who need to prove their English Speaking and Listening skills as part of their application to UK Visas and Immigration for the citizen or settlement visa.
  • The B1 level is within the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR), the equivalent to ESOL Entry 3 on the National Qualification Framework (NQF).
  • The test involves Speaking and Listening.

Cost

The cost of IELTS UKVI are different from that of general IELTS.

IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration – Rs.15,100

IELTS Life Skills – Rs.13,940

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Lakshay y

4 months ago

Can IELTS ukvi can be used for other countries

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

4 months ago

Hi Lakshay, it can be used but it is better to go with the IELTS Academic, as it is specifically designed for securing admission to higher education institutions.

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Mildred lopes

5 months ago

How do I register for UKVI FOR IELTS ?

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Piyush KohliStudy Abroad Expert

4 months ago

Hi, please go through the below URL and learn more about the IELTS Registration:
https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/exams/ielts/how-to-register

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