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If you want to study in the UK or apply for professional registration, you might need to take an IELTS Academic for UKVI test. It is a Secure English Language test (SELT) approved by the UK home office for visa applications to the United Kingdom.

The Academic for UKVI test is the same as the Academic test in terms of content, format, scoring and the level of difficulty. However, the UKVI test is only available at test centres who meet the administrative requirements outlined by the UK Home Office. Your Test Report Form (TRF) will also look slightly different if you take a IELTS for UKVI test.

Book IELTS for the UK

IELTS for UKVI (IELTS for UKVI Academic and General, and IELTS Life Skills A1 and B1 tests) are currently only available in Australia, in the following test centres:

If you need an IELTS test for UK visa applications, you can only do so at approved test centres. These UKVI-approved test centres meet the administrative requirements outlined by the UK Home Office.

Make sure you select the correct "Test Type." If you are taking the IELTS for your UK visa application, you need to take the IELTS UKVI or the IELTS Life Skills tests.

Learn more about which test is right for your UK visa application.

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Prepare for your IELTS UKVI test

Download the free official sample tests to help you prepare for your IELTS UKVI Academic or General Training test.

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What is IELTS UKVI? If you're planning to move to the UK, you will need to take a specific IELTS for UKVI test. Learn more about this test.