Frequently asked questions about IELTS Life Skills

A certificated IELTS Examiner will assess your performance throughout the Speaking and Listening test based on the following criteria:

• obtaining information
• conveying information
• speaking to communicate
• engaging in discussion

The performance of the other test taker paired with you in IELTS Life Skills test does not affect the assessment of your own performance. 


IELTS Life Skills is a new English Language test offered by the three IELTS Test Partners - British Council, IDP IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.

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.

Download the IELTS Life Skills Guide for Test Takers and Agents to know more about the test.


Are you are applying to UK Visas and Immigration for a ‘family of a settled person’ visa? IELTS Life Skills A1 is the test for you.

Are you applying to UK Visas and Immigration for indefinite leave to remain or citizenship? IELTS Life Skills B1 is the test for you.

IELTS Life Skills

 A1

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  

Prove your English speaking and listening skills as part of your application to UK Visas and Immigration for indefini