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IELTS Life Skills



IELTS for UKVI Life Skills is a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for a UK Visa and Immigration application. The Life Skills test is available at three different levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). These tests assess the English speaking and listening skills of test takers.

Who needs IELTS Life Skills

You can use IELTS Life Skills test for Visa applications under the following categories.







IELTS Life Skills A1 Yes NA NA Yes
  • If you want to apply for 'family of settled person' visas.
IELTS Life Skills A2 Yes NA NA Yes
  • If you want to apply for an extension to family, spouse or partner visa.                 
IELTS Life Skills B1 Yes NA NA Yes
  • If you want to apply for indefinite leave to remain or citizenship.
Yes Yes Yes Yes
  • If you want to study at Undergraduate or Post-graduate levels in UK.
  • If you want to apply for professional registration in UK.
Yes Yes Yes Yes
  • If you want to migrate to the UK.
  • If you want to train or study below degree level.

What does the Life Skills test look like?

In the IELTS Life Skills test you will only need to demonstrate their speaking and listening skills. You will sit the test with an IELTS examiner and a second test taker. The examiner will assess your speaking and listening skills during the test session. The session can last between 16 and 22 minutes.

  • IELTS Life Skills A1 test takes 16 - 18 minutes
  • IELTS Life Skills A2 test takes around 20 minutes
  • IELTS Life Skills B1 test takes around 22 minutes

An IELTS examiner will assess your English Speaking and Listening skills across a set of criteria. The criteria include:

  • Obtaining information
  • Conveying information
  • Speaking to communicate
  • Engaging in discussion.

The other test taker's performance will not affect your test score. You cannot take any breaks between the Speaking and Listening sessions.

IELTS Life Skills test results

There are no band scores attached to an IELTS Life Skills Test. You will get either of the following results when you take an IELTS Life Skills test:

  • Pass
  • Fail

Download the IELTS Life Skills Guide for more information.

Immigration and the law

Legislation about immigration in the UK changes frequently. It's important to check the UK Visa and Immigration website for changes that may apply to you. If you are interested in UK student visas, work visas, or looking for an indefinite leave to remain, you need to lodge an application with the UK Visa and Immigration Department. You may want to consider getting support from a lawyer or migration agent. You may also be able to get free advice for student visas.


You can book your IELTS for UKVI test on https://my.ieltsessentials.com/