IELTS tests for UK Visas and Immigration

IELTS tests are accepted by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as proof of English proficiency for those wishing to live, work, or study in the UK.

IELTS tests for UK Visas and Immigration must be taken in person at an official IELTS test centre.

Make sure that the test centre you book with offers IELTS UKVI (Academic), IELTS UKVI (General Training) and IELTS Life Skills testing. UK Visas and Immigration requires an additional layer of security when taking IELTS tests.

IELTS for a Tier 4 Student Visa (without a pre-sessional)

If you are applying for a Tier 4 Student Visa to study for an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, at a university that is a Tier 4 Sponsor, you must meet the English language level set by the institution. All British universities and colleges accept IELTS results.

Tier 4 Student Visa applicants can apply to the UK universities on this list with an IELTS result. Please check with the institution you are applying to for their exact requirements.

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IELTS UKVI (Academic) online 

In some countries we offer the option of taking the IELTS UKVI (Academic) test online. Check if this option is available when you book your test.