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IELTS and IELTS for UKVI

IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)

If you need an IELTS test for UK visa applications, you can only take them at a UKVI approved IELTS test centre. IDP Education Hong Kong is a UKVI approved test centre and we offer all the approved IELTS tests for UK visa applications. Before you book your test, we strongly recommend that you check with the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) on the test that you will be required to submit for your application. For more information, please visit www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

Important note for Tier 4 Student Visa 

(without a pre-sessional or foundation program)If you are applying for a Tier 4 student visa to a university that is a Tier 4 Sponsor (previously known as Highly Trusted Sponsors) to study for a bachelor or postgraduate degree, you are required to meet the English language level set by the institution. With Tier 4 applications you do not need to take the IELTS test under UKVI specified conditions, unless your institution requires you to do so. Please check with the institution that you are applying to for their admission requirement.
For more information, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/register-of-licensed-sponsors-students

IELTS test and score required for UK visa applications


Please note that if you need an IELTS test for UK visa applications, you can only take them at a UKVI approved IELTS test centre.
IDP Education (Hong Kong Office) is a UKVI approved test centre and we offer all the approved IELTS tests for UK visa applications.Before you book your test, we strongly recommend that you check with the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) on the test that you will be required to submit for your application. Please visit Guidance on applying for a UK visa: approved English language tests for more information
As a guide, you can use the following table:

Visa description

Minimum CEFR level required

Skills

IELTS test and minimum score required overall and in each skill

Tier 1 (General) visa

C1

Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 7.0 overall, and for each of the four skills

Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa

B1

Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 4.0 overall, and for each of the four skills

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa

B1

Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 4.0 overall, and for each of the four skills

Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa

B1

Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 4.0 overall, and for each of the four skills

Tier 2 (General) visa

B1

Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 4.0 overall, and for each of the four skills

Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa2

A1

Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 4.0 overall, and for each of the four skills1

Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa

B2

Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 5.5 overall, and for each of the four skills

Tier 4 (General) student visa - below degree level (Please read the important note on Tier 4 student visa.)

B1

Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 4.0 overall, and for each of the four skills

Tier 4 (General) student visa - degree level and above and including some pre-sessional courses3 (Please read the important note on Tier 4 student visa.)

B2

Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 5.5 overall, and for each of the four skills

Family of a settled person visa

A1

Speaking and Listening

IELTS Life Skills at A1 - Pass4 IELTS – 4.0 in Speaking and Listening

Indefinite leave to remain (to settle) or citizenship5

B1

Speaking and Listening

IELTS Life Skills at B1 - Pass IELTS – 4.0 in Speaking and Listening

 

1 Both Academic and General Training are accepted. The CEFR requirement for each skill must be met.
2 IELTS is accepted by UKVI at band scores 4.0 and above, equivalent to CEFR level B1.
3 Universities on UKVI’s list of Tier 4 Sponsors decide which exams to accept when a SELT is not required, and these may include IELTS taken at any of the 1000+ IELTS test locations.
4 IELTS can be used where IELTS Life Skills is used; candidates would need to get 4.0 or above in Speaking and Listening (scores for Reading and Writing will be ignored).
5 Currently, UKVI will also accept an Ofqual regulated test for this category. The test must cover Speaking and Listening at B1 level.

Please note that these changes do not affect the use of IELTS by people from the European Union, European Economic Area, Switzerland and ‘majority English speaking countries’ as defined by the UK Home Office (https://www.gov.uk/english-language).

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