If you are taking the IELTS test to support your UK visa application to work, study or live in the UK, you might need to take the IELTS for UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration) Academic or General Training test, or the IELTS Life Skills test, to prove your English proficiency. 

What is IELTS for UKVI?

IELTS for UKVI and IELTS Life Skills are Secure English language tests (SELT) approved by the UK Home Office for visa applications to the UK.

The IELTS UKVI Academic test and the IELTS Academic test are the same in terms of content, scoring, difficulty level and format. Both tests are for those who wish to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, as well as for those who want to work in the UK. The only differences between the two is that IELTS UKVI Academic tests are taken at a UKVI approved test centre and are approved by the UK Home Office. 

Who needs the IELTS test for UK visa application?

All British universities and colleges accept IELTS Academic results. This means you may not need to take an IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test but can submit an IELTS Academic result. Before booking your test, make sure to check which test you need with the organisations you are applying to.

Where to take your IELTS for UKVI or IELTS Life Skills test

If you are in the UK

If you are planning on taking your IELTS test for UKVI in the UK, there are many locations available.

Use the link below to download a list of approved, UK-based UK Visas and Immigration test centre locations and contact details.

Download UK UKVI locations and contact details (Adobe PDF 187KB)

If you have any questions about IELTS for UKVI or IELTS Life Skills tests in the UK, you can get in touch with our UK contact centre by completing this form.

If you are outside of the UK

If you are planning on taking your IELTS for UKVI or IELTS Life Skills test outside the UK, you may wish to contact your overseas test centre directly. You can find more information about IELTS for UKVI or IELTS Life Skills tests outside the UK by selecting the country/territory where you plan to take your test on the drop-down menu on this page.