All about IELTS for UKVI : Fees, Types

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Updated on Jan 16, 2023 17:49 IST

If you are planning to pursue any educational degree from the UK, you will have to give a separate language exam called IELTS for UKVI. General IELTS will not be accepted at UK universities and colleges anymore. It is a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT). This means that IELTS can be used to prove your English language abilities in support of a UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) application. The pattern of the test and the scoring are precisely the same as IELTS and involves ListeningReadingWriting and Speaking sections. However, the difference lies in the TRF (Test Report Form). For the IELTS for UKVI, you will receive a different SELT Reference Number that can be used for the UK Home Office. UKVI test is available only at those test centres that meet the administrative requirements outlined by the UK Home Office.

This test is for test takers wishing to study in the UK at undergraduate or postgraduate levels and for those seeking professional registration in the UK. For different purposes, there are different types within IELTS for UKVI. Depending on your requirement, you will have to register for either type. Consult the following table for reference.

Test takers must note that the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the General Medical Council in the UK accept IELTS and IELTS for UKVI, both. Hence, doctors, dentists, nurses and midwives can use both IELTS or IELTS for UKVI results for entry and registration.

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Before booking, check the test you need and the level you need to achieve: UK Visas and Immigration website.

Types

Test Type

For information

IELTS Academic for UK Visas and Immigration

  • This test is for test takers wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels and for those seeking professional registration in the UK.
  • The test involves Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

IELTS General Training for UK Visas and Immigration

  • This test is for test takers wishing to migrate to the UK and for those wishing to train or study below degree level.
  • The test involves Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

IELTS Life Skills A1

  • This test is for those who need to prove their English Speaking and Listening skills as part of their application to UK Visas and Immigration for the family of a settled person.
  • The A1 level is within the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR), the equivalent to ESOL Entry 1 on the National Qualification Framework (NQF).
  • The test involves Speaking and Listening.

IELTS Life Skills B1

  • This test is for those who need to prove their English Speaking and Listening skills as part of their application to UK Visas and Immigration for the citizen or settlement visa.
  • The B1 level is within the Common European Framework of References for Languages (CEFR), the equivalent to ESOL Entry 3 on the National Qualification Framework (NQF).
  • The test involves Speaking and Listening.

IELTS for UKVI Fee

The fee of IELTS UKVI is different from that of general IELTS.

IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration – INR 15,750

IELTS Life Skills – INR 14,600

IELTS UKVI FAQs

Q. What is IELTS for UKVI?

A. IELTS for UKVI (commonly known as UKVI IELTS) is a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) that a candidate needs to take if he/she wants to apply for a UK Visa. IELTS for UKVI does not differ in content and difficulty level as compared to the General IELTS examination. The only difference lies in the extra security measures introduced for ensuring a candidate’s authenticity. In addition, the IELTS TRF (Test Report Form) will be different, wherein you will receive a different SELT Reference Number that is used by the UK Home Office.

Q. What all IELTS for UKVI test versions are available?

A. There are five IELTS for UKVI test versions available. Their overview is given in the points below:
  • IELTS for UKVI Academic: It is for those who want to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those who are looking for professional registration in the UK.
  • IELTS for UKVI General Training: It is for those who want to migrate to the UK, and also for those who want to train or study below degree level,
  • IELTS Life Skills A1: Those who have applied for ‘family of a settled person’ visas and want to prove their English speaking and listening skills, need to take this test.
  • IELTS Life Skills B1: Those who have applied for ‘indefinite leave to remain or citizenship’ and want to prove their English speaking and listening skills, need to take this test.

Q. Is IELTS for UKVI tougher than other IELTS tests?

A. No. IELTS for UKVI has a similar test pattern, scoring criteria, and difficulty level as that of general IELTS. The major difference is in the introduction of extra security measures that are valid in the case of IELTS for UKVI. Moreover, your IELTS TRF will also be a bit different from your general IELTS TRF and will contain a different SELT Reference Number.

Q. What is the fee for UKVI IELTS?

A. As of now, IELTS UKVI costs INR 15,750 and IELTS Life Skills tests cost INR 14,600. While registering for the test, make sure that you choose the correct test variant and that you are clear about the purpose of each of the variants. The location of the test is specified by UKVI.

Q. When will the test results be available for UKVI IELTS?

A. IELTS for UKVI test results will be available within 13 days from the day of your test. IELTS Life Skills test results will be available within 7 days from the day of your test. Candidates must note that their results will not be available online. Rather, IELTS TRF (Test Result Form) will be sent to their postal address.
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Lakshay y

2 years ago

Can IELTS ukvi can be used for other countries

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Piyush Kohli

2 years ago

Hi Lakshay, it can be used but it is better to go with the IELTS Academic, as it is specifically designed for securing admission to higher education institutions.

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Mildred lopes

2 years ago

How do I register for UKVI FOR IELTS ?

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Piyush Kohli

2 years ago

Hi, please go through the below URL and learn more about the IELTS Registration: https://studyabroad.shiksha.com/exams/ielts/how-to-register

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