Test

IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training


The IELTS test you take - and the score you need - will depend on both your visa requirements and/or the requirements of the institution where you plan to study or work.


· IELTS Academic
IELTS Academic measures English language proficiency needed for an academic, higher learning environment. The tasks and texts are accessible to anyone, irrespective of your subject focus.

The Academic format is, broadly speaking, for those who want to study or train in a university that teaches in English at undergraduate or postgraduate level, or institutions of higher and further education. Many professions (e.g. medical, nursing, accounting, engineering) also require an Academic test result for registration purposes in many countries.

· IELTS General Training
IELTS General Training measures English language proficiency in a practical, everyday context. The tasks and texts reflect both workplace and social situations. The General Training version of the test is typically for those who are going to English-speaking countries to do secondary education, work experience or training programs. This version of the test is also often a visa requirement if you are planning to migrate to English speaking countries including Australia, the UK, Canada and New Zealand.

If you are taking the IELTS Academic or IELTS General Training test for UK visa applications, you will need to make sure that the test is taken at a UKVI approved test centre. IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training tests for UK visa applications and non-UK visa applications are the same - same content, examiners, format, level of difficulty, scoring and so on.

IELTS Life Skills
IELTS Life Skills is a test of Speaking and Listening, available at CEFR Level A1 and CEFR Level B1. It is designed to meet the requirements of UK Visas and Immigration for certain visa categories and other immigration purposes.

For more information about IELTS Life Skills, please visit www.ielts.org.ar/uk/lifeskills

It is strongly recommended that you check with the English language requirements with UK Visas and Immigration.

IELTS test and score required for UK visa applications

Please note that if you need an IELTS test for UK visa applications, you can only take them at a UKVI approved IELTS test centre. International House San Isidro is a UKVI approved test centre and we offer all the approved IELTS tests for UK visa applications. To register for a test, please visit: www.ielts.org.ar/uk/testdates

Before you book your test, we strongly recommend that you check with the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) on the test that you will be required to submit for your application. Please visit Guidance on applying for a UK visa: approved English language tests for more information

As a guide, you can use the following table:

Visa description
(United Kingdom only)
CEFR level required Skills IELTS test and score required
Tier 1 (General) visa C1 Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening IELTS - 7.0 overall, and for each of the four skills

Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa

B1

Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 4.0 overall, and for each of the four skills

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa

B1

Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 4.0 overall, and for each of the four skills

Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa

B1

Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 4.0 overall, and for each of the four skills

Tier 2 (General) visa

B1

Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 4.0 overall, and for each of the four skills

Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa

A1

Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 4.01 overall, and for each of the four skills

Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa

B2

Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 5.5 overall, and for each of the four skills

Tier 4 (General) student visa - below degree level
(Please read the important note on Tier 4 student visa.)

B1

Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 4.03 overall, and for each of the four skills

Tier 4 (General) student visa - degree level and above
(Please read the important note on Tier 4 student visa.)

B2

Reading, Writing Speaking, and Listening

IELTS - 5.53 overall, and for each of the four skills

Family of a settled person visa

A1

Speaking and Listening

IELTS Life Skills at A1 - Pass

Indefinite leave to remain (to settle) or citizenship2

B1

Speaking and Listening

IELTS Life Skills at B1 - Pass

1 IELTS is accepted by UKVI at band scores 4.0 and above, equivalent to CEFR level B1.
2 UKVI will accept a test on the SELT list or an Ofqual regulated test for this immigration category. The test must cover Speaking and Listening at B1 level.
3 Scores mentioned above for TIER 4 categories are the requirement of UKVI. Universities and colleges may require a higher band score for the course that you are applying for. Please check with them on the band score requirement for your course.

Please note that these changes do not affect the use of IELTS by people from the European Union, European Economic Area, Switzerland and 'majority English speaking countries' as defined by the UK Home Office (https://www.gov.uk/english-language).


Important note for Tier 4 Student Visa

www.gov.uk/government/publications/register-of-licensed-sponsors-students