Which IELTS students need to sit for UK Student Visa?

03 February, 2021
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There have been lot of confusions about which type IELTS international students need to sit for UK Student visa application.

With Student visa application, some prospective students must* submit an English language qualification which is included on the UK Home Office’s list of Secure English Language Tests (SELTs).

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is one of the SELTs (Secure English Language Tests) widely used by international students – this IELTS is known as IELTS for UKVI. Please check HERE for more information.

Do you need IELTS academic, general or IELTS for UKVI?

The Student Sponsor HEP (university) with track records of compliance may ensure your proficiency at CEFR B2 Level or above if required for the course in each of the   4 components (speaking, listening, reading and writing) by IELTS academic, IELTS General, IELTS for UKVI, Trinity College London (UK only), LanguageCert, Pearson, PSI Services or the HEP’s own English Test or other recognised English   tests of their choice (check with your chosen university for their English language entry requirements).

IELTS for UKVI – Key information

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

*some students will fall under the ‘Exceptions to the English language requirements’ and do not need to prove their knowledge of English – please check HERE for more information.

For detailed information about SELT, please check HERE.


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