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What is IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (IELTS for UKVI)?

If you are looking to work or study in the UK, you may need to apply for a UK work visa or a UK student visa. One of the criteria for these visas is that candidates demonstrate an     ability to use English in their applications by taking a home office-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), such as IELTS for UKVI (Academic or General Training) or IELTS Life Skills.

Is there a difference in test format between IELTS regular and IELTS for UKVI?

IELTS regular and IELTS for UKVI and IELTS for UKVI are the same in terms of format, content, scoring, and level of difficulty. However, the Test Report Form, which contains your results, is slightly different in order to show that you have taken the test at an official IELTS for UKVI location, which has been approved by the UK Home Office.  

Which IELTS test format should I take to study in the UK?

If you are preparing to study abroad or applying for a scholarship in the UK, please check with your university, college, or other educational institution regarding which test format they require before registering for IELTS.

If you are applying for a UK Student Visa (Tier 4) at an institution of higher education in order to enter directly into a bachelor’s or postgraduate degree program at a university that is a Tier 4 Sponsor, you must meet the English language level set by that institution. All British universities and colleges accept IELTS Academic test results. This means you may not need to take the IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test. Instead, you can submit your IELTS Academic result.

If you are NOT a university or high school student – for example, you want a United Kingdom work visa – please check with the organisations you are applying to which test format is required before booking your  IELTS test.

We offer IELTS for UKVI in Hanoi and HCMC in Vietnam

Test Description Fee
IELTS for UKVI (Academic) Take this test if the university or organisation you are applying to has requested that you take the IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test. VND 5,252,000
IELTS for UKVI (General Training) Take this test if you want to migrate to the UK or want to train or study below degree level. VND 5,252,000
IELTS Life Skills A1 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. VND 4,414,000
IELTS Life Skills B1 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. VND 4,414,000

You can also take IELTS for UKVI (Academic and General Training) One Skill Retake on computer. Find out more about IELTS One Skill Retake.

What does the IELTS for UKVI fee include? Our IELTS for UKVI test fee in Vietnam includes exclusive free IELTS preparation materials, free IELTS practice tests and much more

Taking IELTS for UKVI with the British Council

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. 

Book with the British Council and you will receive exclusive IELTS preparation materials:

  • Our special offer gives you free access to our new IELTS for UKVI preparation materials: ‘GEL IELTS Prep, which includes personalised, smart support that works with you and your learning needs to help you reach your required IELTS for UKVI score, and includes IELTS mock tests and IELTS practice resources for all four skills in the IELTS test.
  • Free access to IELTS Ready Premium, which includes 40 free IELTS practise tests, model answers, feedback from IELTS experts and more.
  • Free IELTS practice tests and exclusive IELTS preparation materials: practice IELTS with the British Council for free online or with a copy of the IELTS Practice book which contains sample tests for IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.
  • Convenient IELTS test dates and locations in Vietnam: we have multiple test locations in countries all around the world. There are more than 800 official British Council IELTS test centres, all conveniently located, with modern facilities.
  • Free home-delivery of your IELTS Test Report Forms: we send your TRF to home address as per your request free of charge.
  • Easy booking and friendly, professional staff: you can book the IELTS test online in Viet Nam, or in person with convenient payment options. Our experienced staff will help you every step of the way to make sure your IELTS journey runs smoothly.

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