Life Skills

The test for you if you need to prove your English speaking and listening ability as part of a UK Visa and Immigration application.

Looking to move to the UK? We can help you to achieve your goals. IELTS Life Skills is specifically designed for people who are required to prove their speaking and listening ability as part of their UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) application.

Who is the test for?

IELTS Life Skills is an English test for people who need to prove their English speaking and listening ability as part of a UK Visa and Immigration application (UKVI):

  • if you want to remain with a relative, spouse or partner already living in the UK permanently
  • if you are already living in the UK and want to make it your permanent home
  • if you want to become a British citizen.

The test is included on the UK Home Office list of Secure English Language Tests (SELT) and is available to take both in the UK and internationally.

Before you register for your test you should check the English language requirements for your visa category. If you are in the UK, contact UK Visas and Immigration. If you are anywhere else in the world, you should contact the British Embassy or High Commission in your country.

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What’s in the test

The tasks in the test are based on everyday subjects such as work, transport and the weather, which reflect the experience of communicating in a country where English is spoken.

It is a single test covering speaking and listening skills.

How is IELTS Life Skills scored?

Unlike our other tests, IELTS Life Skills is not scored. Instead, you will receive either a Pass or a Fail result depending on how you performed. A Pass result means that you have been successful and can now proceed with your visa application. A Fail result means that you have not been successful and your test cannot be used as part of your application.

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Prepare for your test

We know how important your IELTS Life Skills test is; that’s why we are here to help you get the results you deserve. From practice papers to audio exercises, we have put together a range of resources to help you prepare for your test.

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Book now

Ready to take your IELTS Life Skills test? You can book to take your test in person at any of our UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) locations in the UK and across the world.