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The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular English language proficiency test for higher education and global migration.

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IELTS for UKVI and IELTS Life Skills

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You can choose from IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training

IELTS Academic

IELTS Academic is for test takers who wish to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration..

IELTS General Training

IELTS General Training is for test takers who wish to migrate to an English-speaking country (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK), and for those wishing to train or study at below degree level.


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If you are applying for a Tier 4 student visa, you may not need to take an IELTS for UKVI.

IELTS for UKVI (Academic and General Training))

IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training for UKVI are designed to meet certain administrative requirements that are specified by the UK Home Office.
The actual test taken is the same as IELTS (for all other purposes), same content, examiners, format, level of difficulty, scoring and so on. If you are in doubt as to which test version to take, you should contact the organisation you are applying to check their requirements.

IELTS Life Skills - A1, A2 and B1

IELTS Life Skills - A1: is for the family route
• Family life as a partner of a settled person (spouse/partner)
• Family life as a parent (parent of a dependant).
IELTS Life Skills – A2: is for the family route (extension)
• Family life as a partner of a settled person (spouse/partner)
• Family life as a parent (parent of a dependant).
IELTS Life Skills – B1: Indefinite leave to remain
• Settlement/permanent residency.
IELTS Life Skills – B1: British Citizenship
• Naturalisation

Please contact the organisation you are applying to confirm which type of test you need to take.
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