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

If you are looking for a British work visa or you want to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a UK Visa. As part of your UK visa application, you may need to show 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) or IELTS for UKVI (General Training) or IELTS Life Skills.

What is the 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 you have taken the test at an official test centre that offers IELTS for UK visa applications. These centres are approved by the UK Home Office. 

What ID document is required?

You will need a valid passport during registration and on the test day. A valid passport is the only acceptable ID document for IELTS for UKVI.

Which test format should I take?

If you are a student, please check with your university/college/school which test you need before booking. Do this before you make your booking for IELTS for UKVI.

If you are applying for a Student route Visa at a higher education institution to enter directly into a bachelor or postgraduate degree at a British university that is a Student route Visa 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. Instead you may be able to submit an IELTS Academic result.

We offer IELTS for UKVI in Dhaka and Sylhet in Bangladesh

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. BDT 24,850
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. BDT 24,850
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. BDT 18,600
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. BDT 18,600

You can also take IELTS for UKVI (Academic and General Training) One Skill Retake on computer. Find out more about IELTS One Skill Retake

What does the IELTS for UKVI registration fee include? Our IELTS test fee includes exclusive preparation materials, free practice tests and much more.

Taking IELTS for UKVI with the British Council

IELTS for UKVI (Academic test or General Training test) and IELTS Life Skills are taken at a UKVI approved test centre.  British Council has UKVI approved venues across the world.

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