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IELTS Life Skills

IELTS Life Skills is for people who need to prove their English speaking and listening skills at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Levels A1, A2 or B1.

Before you register for your test you should check the English language requirements for your visa category. Please visit www.gov.uk 

What’s in the test?
IELTS Life Skills is available at three levels:

  • IELTS Life Skills – A1 Speaking and Listening
  • IELTS Life Skills – A2 Speaking and Listening (offered in the UK only)*
  • IELTS Life Skills – B1 Speaking and Listening.

* The government announced on 18 January 2016 a new English language requirement for family route migrants seeking to extend their stay in the UK (https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-a2-english-requirement-in-the-family-route).  Non-EEA national partners and parents on the family route will need to pass a speaking and listening test at level A2 in order to qualify, after two-and-a half-years in the UK, for further leave to remain on the five-year partner or parent route to settlement.  The government recognises the need to give those affected sufficient time to prepare for the new test.  The timing of implementation and further details will be confirmed by the Home Office in due course and published on the GOV.UK website.  The new A2 English language requirement will not affect those required to apply for further leave to remain in the meantime.

Results for IELTS Life Skills tests
Test results are normally available within seven days of your test.
You will get one of two results:

  • Pass
  • Fail.

A fail result means that you have not been successful and your test cannot be used for your visa application.

Prepare for your test

To help you prepare for your IELTS Life Skills test, you can download the free sample tests below:

Level A1

Sample papers Files
IELTS Life Skills Sample Paper A Download now (PDF, 4.4MB)
IELTS Life Skills Listening Sample A
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IELTS Life Skills Sample Paper B
Download now (PDF, 4.2MB)
IELTS Life Skills Listening Sample B
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Level A2

Sample papers Files
IELTS Life Skills Sample Paper A Download now (PDF, 483KB)
IELTS Life Skills Listening Sample A Play now (MP3, 1.68MB)
IELTS Life Skills Sample Paper B Download now (PDF, 503KB)
IELTS Life Skills Listening Sample B Play now (MP3, 2.64MB)

Level B1

Sample papers Files
IELTS Life Skills Sample Paper A Download now (PDF, 383KB)
IELTS Life Skills Listening Sample A
Play now (MP3, 1.05MB)
IELTS Life Skills Sample Paper B
Download now (PDF, 383KB)
IELTS Life Skills Listening Sample B
Play now (MP3, 0.98MB)