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IELTS For UKVI Details


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What is IELTS for UKVI?

IELTS for UKVI’ 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.

Types of Test


IELTS Academic is for higher education and professional training specifically For UK.

IELTS UKVI General Traning

IELTS General Training is for secondary education, migration, work, or for training purposes. 

Test Version Purpose

This test is for test takers wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration in the UK

General Training

This test is for test takers wishing to migrate to the UK and for those wishing to train or study below degree level.

IELTS Life Skills

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 ‘family of a settled person’ visas.

IELTS Life Skills

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 extension to Family, Spouse or Partner visa.

IELTS Life Skills

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 indefinite leave to remain or citizenship

IELTS Life Skills

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 indefinite leave to remain or citizenship.

**Please note, IELTS Life Skills A2 is only available in the UK.
**IELTS for UKVI (Academic) is also available delivered on computer in certain locations.

This test is for you if you’re applying for a Tier 1 or Tier 2 visa to the UK.  The purpose of IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training for UKVI is to satisfy certain administrative needs set forth by the UK Home Office. The content, format, examiners, degree of difficulty, scoring, and other aspects of the actual test are all the same as those of the IELTS (for all other reasons).The test day customer journey is where the differences lie. Test Report Forms will alter somewhat to indicate that you completed the exam during an IELTS UK visa session.


IELTS Life Skills is the test to take if you’re looking for a “family of a settled person” visa, a “family of a settled person” visa extension, citizenship, or indefinite leave to remain.
The UKVI has validated IELTS Life Skills as a Secure English Language Test (SELT), a new assessment. The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages Level A1, A2, or B1 proficiency requirements are for those who must demonstrate their speaking and listening abilities.

The government declared on January 18, 2016, that family route migrants who wish to stay longer in the UK will now need to speak English (…). Non-EEA national partners and parents on the family path must pass an A2 Speaking and Listening test after 2.5 years in the UK to be eligible for further leave to continue on the 5-year partner or parent route to settlement.

The government understands that those who will be impacted must have enough time to get ready for the new exam. The Home Office will confirm the implementation schedule and provide more information in due course, which will then be posted on the GOV.UK website. The new English language requirement for A2 won’t have any impact

The IELTS Life Skills B1 course is designed for individuals who need to prove their English speaking and listening skills at the B1 level, which corresponds to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Here are the key details about the course and the test:


The IELTS Life Skills B1 test is commonly used for immigration purposes, particularly for applications for indefinite leave to remain or citizenship in the UK.

Test Format

The IELTS Life Skills B1 test focuses on assessing the speaking and listening skills of the candidates. There is no reading or writing component in this test. The test is conducted in pairs with another candidate and an examiner.

Test Structure

  1. Speaking and Listening (22 minutes):
    • Phase 1a: Introduction and Interview
      • Candidates are asked to provide personal information and respond to questions from the examiner and each other.
    • Phase 1b: Exchange of Information
      • Candidates engage in a discussion, exchanging information about familiar topics.
    • Phase 2a: Listening Task
      • Candidates listen to a recording and answer questions related to it.
    • Phase 2b: Discussion
      • Candidates discuss a topic related to the listening task, sharing their.
      • opinions and ideas.
  2. More explanation:

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.



Assessment Criteria

Candidates are assessed on:

  • Ability to obtain and convey information
  • Ability to speak to communicate a message
  • Ability to engage in discussion
  • Pronunciation and fluency
  • Listening comprehension


To prepare for the IELTS Life Skills B1 test, candidates can:

  • Practice speaking and listening in English regularly.
  • Use sample test materials available on skylark portal (contact on +92345750111) from IELTS to familiarize themselves with the format and types of tasks.
  • Consider taking a preparation course or attending Skylark online and on campus classes which is focused on speaking and listening skills.



Why choose skylark for B1 course:

  • Experience:
  • Over 20 years of experience in English language training.
  • Certification:
  • SALATA certified instructors.
  • Examiners who are former British Council staff members specialized in IELTS Life Skills B1.
  • Success Rate:
  • Institute boasts a 100% success rate in generating positive results.
  • Technological Integration:
  • Incorporation of Artificial Intelligence to enhance speaking skills.
  • Class Availability:
  • Both online and on-campus classes are available to suit different learning preferences.
  • Preparation Environment:
  • Real test environment provided for effective test preparation.



Registration and Fees

  • Registration: Candidates can register for the test through the official IELTS website or authorized test centers.
  • Fees: The test fee varies by location, so it is advisable to check with the local test center for the exact cost.


  • Availability: Test results are typically available within seven days of the test date.
  • Outcome: Candidates receive a pass or fail result, without a numerical score. The pass/fail outcome indicates whether the candidate meets the required B1 level for speaking and listening.


  • Duration: The test result is usually valid for two years, but candidates should confirm this with the relevant immigration authority.

By focusing on improving speaking and listening skills, and familiarizing themselves with the test format, candidates can effectively prepare for the IELTS Life Skills B1 test.




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