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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 speaking and listening 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 Result



Your can use your test results for a UK visa application


Your test results cannot be used for your UK visa application

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