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Frequently asked questions about IELTS Life Skills

IELTS Life Skills is a new English language test offered by the three IELTS Test Partners – British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

IELTS Life Skills is a test of Speaking and Listening, available at CEFR Level A1 and CEFR Level B1. It is designed to meet the requirements of UK Visas and Immigration for certain visa categories and other immigration purposes.

IELTS Life Skills

A1

Prove your English speaking and listening skills as part of your application to UK Visas and Immigration for ‘family of a settled person’ visa

IELTS Life Skills

B1

Prove your English speaking and listening skills as part of your application to UK Visas and Immigration for indefinite leave to remain or citizenship

Are you are applying to UK Visas and Immigration for a ‘family of a settled person’ visa? If yes, IELTS Life Skills A1 is the test for you.

Are you applying to UK Visas and Immigration for indefinite leave to remain or citizenship? If yes, IELTS Life Skills B1 is the test for you.

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You take the test with another test taker and one Examiner. Your own performance on both speaking and listening will be assessed during this one session.

The new test has been designed to meet specific immigration requirements for which applicants only need to demonstrate speaking and listening skills.

IELTS Life Skills at CEFR Level A1 takes 16-18 minutes and Level B1 is 22 minutes.

No, you will be assessed on your Speaking and Listening skills at the same time.

A certificated IELTS Examiner will assess your performance throughout the Speaking and Listening test based on the following criteria:

  • obtaining information
  • conveying information
  • speaking to communicate
  • engaging in discussion

The performance of the other test taker paired with you in IELTS Life Skills test does not affect the assessment of your own performance

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You will receive one copy of the IELTS Life Skills Test Report Form.

Test results are normally available within 7 days of your test.

You can cancel your IELTS test registration at any time before taking your test by notifying your Test Centre. Generally speaking, if you cancel your IELTS test registration more than 14 days before the test you will receive a 75% refund of the total test fee. If you cancel within 14 days but more than 2 days before the test you will receive a 50% refund of the total test fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the test you will receive a 25% refund of the total test fee. No refund will be provided if you cancel your IELTS test registration on the test day or after the test. >>> More Details

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IDP Education IELTS tests are generally held in hotels, schools and conference centers. The venues are mostly located on Hong Kong Island (including: Central, Wanchai, Causeway Bay, etc.) and Kowloon (including: Mong Kok, Tsim Sha Tsui, Yau Ma Tei, etc.) and Shatin. Below are some commonly used testing venue locations.

Disclaimer: It is the responsibility of the test taker to register for the right type of test (IELTS, IELTS UKVI, Life Skills A1 or Life Skills B1). The test centre cannot be held responsible for an incorrect selection.

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