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IELTS for UKVI (IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration)

IDP Education – Co-owner and Official Test Centre of IELTS

As the world’s most popular high stakes English language test, IELTS is accepted by more than 11,000 organisations in over 140 countries. With more than 3.5 million tests taken last year, IELTS opens doors to a world of opportunity for students in HK and around the world.

IDP Education is the co-owner and official test centre of IELTS, offering IELTS test in more than 450 test locations in 60 countries. IELTS is co-owned and was co-created by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment. The IELTS examination is marked according to a 9-band scoring system, specific for Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking, as well as an overall score. Hong Kong students can take the IELTS exam either on paper or on the computer.

IELTS test and score required for UK visa applications

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.

What’s the difference between IELTS and IELTS for UKVI

IELTS and IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)are the same in content, format and scoring. However, please note that video recording is in place at registration and testing rooms including the speaking test and Test Report Forms will provide a unique UKVI number due to visa requirement for IELTS for UKVI.

UKVI approved IELTS tests for different UK Visas:

IELTS for UKVI (Academic)

Students who would like to study a pre-sessional or foundation program, applying for a Tier 1 or Tier 2 Visa, would need to take a UKVI approved IELTS for UKVI test.

Students who would like to study for a study for a bachelor or postgraduate degree, applying for a Student route visa, are required to meet the English language level set by the institution. With Student route applications you do not need to take the IELTS test under UKVI specified conditions, unless your institution requires you to do so.

IELTS for UKVI (General Training)

Those who would like to migrate to the UK or study programs that are below degree level, applying for a Tier 1 or Tier 2 visa, would need to take a UKVI approved IELTS for UKVI test.

Please check with the institution that you are applying to for their admission requirement. For more please visit the UK government website.

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IELTS Life Skills A1 & A2

Those who would like to migrate to the UK, applying for ‘family of a settled person’ visa, would need to take a UKVI approved IELTS Life Skills A1 or A2 test.

IELTS Life Skills B1

Those who would like to migrate to the UK, applying for indefinite leave to remain or citizenship, would need to take a UKVI approved IELTS Life Skills B1.

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IELTS score for different UK Visas:

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

Student route - below degree level (Please read the important note on Student route.)

B1

Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

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

Student route - 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 Student route 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).

*For most updated information please refer to official UK government website

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Test Dates - IELTS for 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.

IELTS Life Skills - Hong Kong

If you are applying to UK Visas and Immigration for a ‘family of a settled person’ visa, IELTS Life Skills A1 is the test for you. If you are applying to UK Visas and Immigration for indefinite leave to remain or citizenship, IELTS Life Skills B1 is the test for you.

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