IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)

IELTS, the world’s most popular test of English for higher education and global migration, has been approved for all UK visas that require applicants to provide proof of their level of English.

IELTS test for UK Visas and Immigration

If you make a visa application to stay or move to the UK, you need to be aware of changes made by the United Kingdom Visas & Immigration (UKVI). If you’re applying for Tier 1 and Tier 2 visas to the UK, this is the test for you.

IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training for UKVI are designed to meet certain administrative requirements that are specified by the UK Home Office. The actual test taken is the same as IELTS (for all other purposes), same content, examiners, format, level of difficulty, scoring and so on. The difference is in the test taker journey on the test day. Test Report Forms will be slightly different, to show that you have taken the test at an IELTS UK visa session.

If you need an IELTS test for UK visa applications, you can only do this at a UKVI approved IELTS test centre. IDP IELTS Sydney and IDP IELTS Melbourne are the only UKVI approved test centres in Australia.

Register for UKVI IELTS 

Frequently Asked Questions

Which IELTS test do I need for a UK visa application?

If you are applying for a UK visa, there is an IELTS test for you.

For visa applications to the UK, you may need to have an English language qualification. IELTS and IELTS Life Skills are included on both the UK Home Office’s list of Secure English Language Tests (referred to as SELT tests by UK Home Office) and the OFQUAL register.

It is recommended you check all visa requirement information directly with the UK government website.

To find out whether you need to take an approved test, what level you need to achieve, and which test you can use, you should contact UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI). For more information, please visit here.

What do I need if I am applying to study at a British university or college?

Those who are applying for the Student route to a Highly Trusted Sponsor (HTS) to study a bachelor or postgraduate degree are required to meet the English language level set by the institution. All British universities and colleges accept IELTS results. This means that you do not need to take the IELTS test under UKVI specified condition unless your institution has required you to. Please visit here for more information.

Can I use any IELTS test result for a UK visa application?

From 23 April 2015, you will require results from an “IELTS for UKVI” test from one of the UKVI authorized test centres. You can take your IELTS for UKVI test at this test centre.

How often is an IELTS or IELTS Life Skills test available in Australia?

For IELTS for UKVI and IELTS Life Skills, the frequency varies by location. It’s best to check with IDP IELTS Sydney Test Centre and IDP IELTS Melbourne Test Centre when the next available test is. You can also check the booking calendar.

How often can I re-take IELTS or IELTS Life Skills?

For IELTS test, there are no restrictions on retaking the test. For IELTS Life Skills, if you pass the test, you cannot retake it at the same level for a period of two years. If you do not pass it, there are no restrictions on retaking the test.

How is my IELTS test different if I take it for UK visa purposes?

Separate sessions will be held for UKVI applicants. You must ensure you register for an “IELTS for UKVI” test date at IDP IELTS Sydney here.

The IELTS test for UK visa purposes is designed to meet certain administrative requirements that are specific to UK Visas and Immigration. Test Report Forms will be slightly different, to show that test takers have taken the test at an IELTS UK visa session.

There are no differences in the test format or questions. The actual test taken is the same – same content, examiners, format, level of difficulty, scoring and so on.

IELTS for UKVI is delivered on computer and is now available at a number of locations in the UK, China, Malaysia, Japan, India, Hong King, Brazil and Nigeria. Test takers who choose the new option will take their Listening, Reading and Writing components using a computer. The Speaking test will remain face to face.

If I take an IELTS for UKVI purposes, can I use my result in other countries/for other purposes?

Yes. IELTS test results are accepted by more than 11,000 organisations worldwide, including universities, colleges, governments and employers.

How can I request a remark of my score?

You can choose to have one or more parts of your test re-marked – this is called “Enquiry on Results”. Your test will be reviewed by a Senior Examiner from IDP IELTS. The review may take between 6 to 8 weeks.

The fee for Enquiry on Results is $176. If your test results improve, you will receive a full refund of the Enquiry on Results fee and you will be issued a new Test Report Form with your new results. If there is no improvement to your original results you will not receive a refund. Please note that you must make your request within 6 weeks from the date of your test.

Please follow the steps below to apply for Enquiry on Results:

  1. Download and complete the Enquiry on Results Form.
  2. Send your completed Enquiry on Results Form together with your original Test Report Form to your test centre by post. You can find the address of your test centre on the form. Please note that your order will not be processed until the centre receives both the completed Enquiry on Results Form and your original Test Report Form.
  3. 4. If there is a change to your results, you will receive a refund of your fee and an updated Test Report Form.
What if I'm under 18 and need to take IELTS for UKVI?

If you’re going to be less than 18 years of age on the date of your test, you will need a parent or guardian to complete the IELTS Minor Consent Form. We recommend you scan and email the completed form to us at before the test date. If you are under the age of 18 on test day and do not have a completed IELTS Minor Consent Form with you, you will not be able to sit the test

IELTS for UKVI test dates

If you need an IELTS test for UK visa applications, you can only take them at a UKVI approved IELTS test centre. Our IDP IELTS Test Centre Sydney is UKVI approved and offers all the approved IELTS tests for UK visa applications.

Register for IELTS UKVI

Practice for IELTS UKVI

UKVI IELTS is just like the regular IELTS test with the same sorts of questions and same preparation resources. At IELTS we offer lots of free preparation material. Take a look through the official IDP IELTS practice material.

Practice for IELTS UKVI