The UK Home Office accepts IELTS for UKVI Academic and General Training and IELTS Life Skills as approved Secure English language tests (SELT) for visa applications to the UK.
All British universities and colleges accept IELTS Academic results. This means you may not need to take an IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test if you already have an IELTS Academic result. Before booking your test, make sure you check which test you need with the organisations you are applying to.
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