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IELTS tests for UK Visas and Immigration

From 1st June, UKVI is beginning a phased resumption of services and we will be resuming Secure English Language Testing at some centres in the United Kingdom. In some locations outside of the UK, where it has been permitted by host authorities and safe to do so, Secure English Language Testing services have been going ahead.  As other countries around the world lift restrictions and it becomes safe to do so we will re-open more test centres.  Please visit our news page for more details on where you can book your Secure English Language Test. 

IELTS Academic, IELTS General Training and IELTS Life Skills are accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as proof of English proficiency for those wishing to live, work and study in the UK.
IELTS tests for UK Visas and Immigration are managed by the IELTS partners, which comprises The British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.

Find out more about IELTS for UKVI (Academic and General Training) and IELTS Life Skills.

IELTS for a Student Route Visa (without a presessional)

If you are applying for a Student Route visa to enter directly onto a bachelor or postgraduate degree at a university that is a Student Route Sponsor, you must meet the English language level set by the institution. All British universities and colleges accept IELTS results. Student Route visa applicants can apply to the UK universities listed here with an IELTS result from more than 1,200 IELTS test locations worldwide. Please note that some institutions may have additional requirements.

IELTS for UKVI (Academic) delivered on computer IELTS Computer Delivered

A limited number of test centres in the following countries offer the IELTS for UKVI (Academic) on computer:  

  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • UK (Edinburgh, Manchester and Cambridge)
  • India
  • Malaysia
  • Japan
  • Brazil (Rio de Janeiro)
  • Nigeria (Lagos)
  • Pakistan (Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi)
  • Thailand
  • Philippines
  • Vietnam (Ho Chi Minh City)
  • Russia (Moscow)
  • Turkey (Istanbul)
  • Saudi Arabia (Riyadh)

Click here for more information.

Please note: You can either book IELTS for UKVI online, or you can also download the booking form here and register for the test at the test centre. 

IELTS used for UK visa applications FAQs

IELTS for UKVI cancellations and transfers policy

IELTS Complaints Policy

Download the IELTS UKVI Decision-Making document (PDF, 1.6MB) to help choose the right IELTS test for your requirements.

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IELTS for study

Thousands of education and training providers all over the world use IELTS results to select their students.

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IELTS for work

Many professional registration bodies and employers rely on IELTS as evidence of English language proficiency.

IELTS classroom - learning the four language skills

A test of four skills

IELTS is a task-based test covering the four language skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking).