If you are considering working or studying in the UK, you may need to apply for a UK Visa. In the visa process, you must demonstrate that your English proficiency is of an adequate level by taking a Secure English Language Test (SELT), such as IELTS for UKVI (Academic and General Training) or IELTS Life Skills.
What are the differences in the format between IELTS and IELTS for UKVI?
IELTS and IELTS for UKVI are the same in terms of format, content, scoring and level of difficulty. However, the Test Report Form is slightly different since it shows that you have taken the test at an official IELTS for UKVI location which is approved by the UK Home Office.
Which test format should I take?
If you are a student, please check the suitability of each test with your university/college/school before booking.
If you are applying for a Student Visa (Tier 4) to study 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 Academic results. This means you may not need to take an IELTS for UKVI (Academic) exam and instead can submit an IELTS Academic result.
If you are NOT a student, please check which test format you need before booking the test.
|IELTS for UKVI (Academic) (computer-delivered and paper-based)*||Take this test if the university or organisation has requested that you take the IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test.||
|IELTS for UKVI (General Training) (computer-delivered and paper-based)*||Take this test if you want to migrate to the UK or want to train or study below degree level.||
|IELTS Life Skills A1 (computer-delivered and paper-based)*||Take this test if you need to prove your English Speaking and Listening skills as part of your application to UK Visas and Immigration for 'family of a settled person' visas.||
|IELTS Life Skills B1(computer-delivered and paper-based)*||Take this test if you need to prove your English Speaking and Listening skills as part of your application to UK Visas and Immigration for indefinite leave to remain or citizenship.||
*All exam formats are face-to-face. Our IELTS test fee includes access to Road to IELTS online preparation course (last minute version), exclusive preparation materials, free practice tests and much more.
Taking IELTS for UKVI with the British Council in Chile
IELTS for UKVI (Academic and General Training) tests and IELTS Life Skills are taken at a UKVI approved test centre. British Council has UKVI approved venues across the world. You can choose between paper-based or computer-delivered IELTS for UKVI when you book your test.
We are committed to ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly and objectively, and that they are provided with the optimal conditions to take their English exams. If you have hearing, visual, speech or learning difficulties and have any special requirements for the day of your IELTS exam, we can help you.