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IELTS Life Skills scores

IELTS Life Skills test is for people needing to prove their English speaking and listening skills at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Levels A1, A2 or B1. You can use your Life Skills results to apply for certain visa types to the UK.

In the Life Skills test, you will only be assessed for your listening and speaking skills. A trained and qualified IELTS examiner will assess your English-language proficiency across these two skills. In the IELTS Life Skills, examiners will mark you on your ability to obtain and convey information, speak to communicate and engage in discussion. Unlike IELTS General Training or Academic where you get a band score, in the Life Skills test your results will simply be given as a pass or fail.

Results for IELTS Life Skills tests

Test results are normally available within seven days of your test. You will get one of two results:

IELTS Life Skills ResultOutcome
PassYour can use your test for a UK visa application
FailYour test cannot be used for your UK visa application

IELTS Life Skills FAQ

What is IELTS Life Skills?

IELTS offers a special test for the UK, called IELTS Life Skills. IELTS Life Skills tests your Speaking and Listening proficiency again a common European standard, the CEFR Levels A1, A2 and B1. IELTS Life Skills is designed to meet the requirements of UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for certain visa categories and other immigration purposes.


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