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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IELTS for UKIV is a United Kingdom government-approved secure English language test. It means that now IELTS can be used to prove your English language proficiency to support your UK visa and immigration (UKVI) application.
For some categories of visa application, you need to submit an English language qualification that have been included on the UK Home official site of secured English language test.
Following are the IELTS test that have been included in the SELT list and have been approved for UK visas and immigration purpose.
- IELTS Academic
- This test is for those who wish to undertake a graduate or undergraduate program or for those seeking some professional registration in the United Kingdom.
- IELTS General Training
- This is the test for those who wish to migrate to the United Kingdom. It is also given by those who want to study or train themselves below the degree level.
- IELTS Life Skills B1
- The test is given by those who need to include their English speaking and listening skills as part of the visas and immigration for citizenship/settlement visa.
- IELTS Life Skills A1
- This test is given by those who are required provide their English speaking and listening skills as part of their application to United Kingdom Visas and immigration for family, spouse or partner visa.
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