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IELTS Life Skills

IELTS Life Skills - Speaking and Listening

IELTS Life Skills is for people who need to show that their English speaking and listening skills at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) levels A1 or B1.
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.
Before you register for your test you should check the English language requirements for your visa category. Please visit Guidance on Applying for UK Visa – approved English language tests for more information.

What’s in the test?

Overview
IELTS Life Skills is available at two levels:

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.


Face-to-face Speaking and Listening test

You will take the test with an examiner, and with one other test taker.
The tasks in IELTS Life Skills are designed to reflect the everyday experience of communicating in an English-speaking country. You will be expected to take part in short discussions on everyday subjects including:

  • personal details/experiences

  • family and friends

  • buying goods

  • work

  • health

  • leisure

  • education/training

  • transport

  • housing

  • weather

The focus of IELTS Life Skills
At each level, the test is designed to assess whether you can listen and respond, make your meaning clear, and talk with other people.

A1

 

Focus:

You will be expected to:

  • listen and respond to spoken language, including simple narratives, statements, questions and single-step instructions

  • communicate basic information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics

  • talk with another person in a familiar situation about familiar topics.

Tasks may include:

  • describing

  • giving opinions

  • giving personal information

  • stating preferences

  • commenting

  • asking for information or descriptions

  • agreeing and disagreeing

  • explaining, giving reasons or justifying

  • deciding

  • suggesting

  • selecting

 

B1

Focus:

You will be expected to:

  • listen and respond to spoken language, including straightforward information and narratives, and follow straightforward explanations and instructions.

  • communicate information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics, using appropriate formality.

  • talk with one or more people in a familiar situation, making relevant points and responding to what others say to reach a shared understanding about familiar topics.

In addition to the A1 tasks shown above, the B1 tasks may include:

  • comparing

  • showing contrast, cause, reason or purpose

  • prioritising

  • planning

  • persuading

  • narrating

  • asking about past or future events

  • expressing future certainty or possibility


How to prepare

Preparing for IELTS Life Skills

1. How will I be assessed in the test?


You will be assessed on your ability in four key areas:

  • obtaining information

  • conveying information

  • speaking to communicate

  • engaging in discussion


At times during the test, you will be allowed to take notes to prepare your answers. The examiner will not mark your notes – only your speaking and listening skills are marked during the test.

2. At what level is IELTS Life Skills?


IELTS Life Skills is available at A1 and B1 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This is an international standard used around the world to describe learners’ language skills.

3. What happen during the test?

There are two main parts to IELTS Life Skills:

  • In the first part, you are expected to ask and answer questions on familiar topics.

  • The second part is a combined listening and speaking task.

    • At A1 and B1 level, you will listen to a task played on a CD.

    • Completing the task allows you to show your ability to listen for both the general meaning and detail.

    • You will say your answers, although you can makes notes on paper while you listen to the CD.

    • There will then be a discussion on a theme related to what you have listened to on the CD.

  • Additionally at B1 level, there is also a task where you plan an activity with the other candidate.


4. Why do I take the test with another candidate?

IELTS Life Skills tests how well you can communicate with other people in everyday English. The best way to test these skills is to pair test takers at a similar level of ability, so you can show how well you can speak English to communicate and engage in discussion with others.


5. How long is the test?

For IELTS Life Skills, you only need to attend one short session to complete the test. The times allowed for each level are:

  • IELTS Life Skills - A1 Speaking and Listening

16–18 minutes

  • IELTS Life Skills - B1 Speaking and Listening

22 minutes.


6. Free support materials

SAMPLE PAPERS

LEVEL

FILES

IELTS Life Skills Sample Paper A

A1

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IELTS Life Skills Listening Sample A

A1

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IELTS Life Skills Sample Paper B

A1

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IELTS Life Skills Listening Sample B

A1

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IELTS Life Skills Sample Paper A

B1

Download now(PDF, 391KB)

IELTS Life Skills Listening Sample A

B1

Play now(MP3, 1MB)

 

 

 

IELTS Life Skills Sample Paper B

B1

Download now(PDF, 391KB)

IELTS Life Skills Listening Sample B

B1

Play now(MP3, 1MB)


Test dates

To find a suitable test date and register for an IELTS Life Skills test, please click here

Test Locations
IELTS for UKVI and IELTS Life Skills test will be taken place at Wanchai or Shatin (Specific test location authorised by UKVI). Test venue location cannot be chosen as they are subject to availability unless specified on our website. Test venue and the time of the speaking test will be listed in the confirmation of registration. The confirmation will be sent to candidate by email 7 days before the test day. For information, please contact us on 2179 3600.

Results

Test results are normally available within six (6) 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.
Your IELTS Test Report Form can be sent to you by courier service if you are not able to collect result on the day. Please contact us for information about the arrangement and courier service fee.

Please
click here for the information on IELTS test (Non-UKVI)

Upcoming test dates

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  • 07 Feb 2019
  • 05 Nov 2018
  • 07 Feb 2019
    23:59 pm
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  • Life Skills B1 - IELTS UKVI
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  • 07 Feb 2019
  • 05 Nov 2018
  • 07 Feb 2019
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  • Life Skills A1 - IELTS UKVI
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  • Hong Kong
  • 05 Nov 2018
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  • Life Skills A1 - IELTS UKVI Hong kong Hong kong Hk Hong Kong
  • 21 Feb 2019
  • 05 Nov 2018
  • 21 Feb 2019
    23:59 pm
  • IDP Hongkong
  • Life Skills B1 - IELTS UKVI
  • Paper Based
    Paper based
  • Paper Based
  • Hong Kong
  • 05 Nov 2018
    2010.0
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  • Life Skills B1 - IELTS UKVI Hong kong Hong kong Hk Hong Kong
  • 21 Feb 2019
  • 05 Nov 2018
  • 21 Feb 2019
    23:59 pm
  • IDP Hongkong
  • Life Skills A1 - IELTS UKVI
  • Paper Based
    Paper based
  • Paper Based
  • Hong Kong
  • 05 Nov 2018
    2010.0
    HKD
  • Life Skills A1 - IELTS UKVI Hong kong Hong kong Hk Hong Kong
  • 07 Mar 2019
  • 05 Nov 2018
  • 07 Mar 2019
    23:59 pm
  • IDP Hongkong
  • Life Skills A1 - IELTS UKVI
  • Paper Based
    Paper based
  • Paper Based
  • Hong Kong
  • 05 Nov 2018
    2010.0
    HKD
  • Life Skills A1 - IELTS UKVI Hong kong Hong kong Hk Hong Kong
  • 07 Mar 2019
  • 05 Nov 2018
  • 07 Mar 2019
    23:59 pm
  • IDP Hongkong
  • Life Skills B1 - IELTS UKVI
  • Paper Based
    Paper based
  • Paper Based
  • Hong Kong
  • 05 Nov 2018
    2010.0
    HKD
  • Life Skills B1 - IELTS UKVI Hong kong Hong kong Hk Hong Kong
  • 21 Mar 2019
  • 05 Nov 2018
  • 21 Mar 2019
    23:59 pm
  • IDP Hongkong
  • Life Skills B1 - IELTS UKVI
  • Paper Based
    Paper based
  • Paper Based
  • Hong Kong
  • 05 Nov 2018
    2010.0
    HKD
  • Life Skills B1 - IELTS UKVI Hong kong Hong kong Hk Hong Kong
  • 21 Mar 2019
  • 05 Nov 2018
  • 21 Mar 2019
    23:59 pm
  • IDP Hongkong
  • Life Skills A1 - IELTS UKVI
  • Paper Based
    Paper based
  • Paper Based
  • Hong Kong
  • 05 Nov 2018
    2010.0
    HKD
  • Life Skills A1 - IELTS UKVI Hong kong Hong kong Hk Hong Kong
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