Changes to IELTS for UK visas
THE United Kingdom government has announced important changes to language testing for visa applications. It has reduced the number of tests accepted for visa purposes and brought in new requirements for the way the tests will be administered.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in a statement, said the changes have been approved for all UK visas that require applicants to provide proof of their level of English.
This continues the important role which IELTS, the world’s most popular test of English for higher education and global migration, has played in language testing for immigration in the UK and other countries, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand.
Under the new arrangements, IELTS tests for UK visa applications will be offered throughout the year in more than 100 key locations across the world, and a new test – IELTS Life Skills – will be introduced for people who need to prove their speaking and listening skills at level A1 or B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
IELTS tests for visa purposes can only be taken at authorised centres, and the centre must follow procedures specified by the UK government.
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