The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is a test meant for anyone who wants to pursue an academic or professional career internationally, which includes IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training .
However, if you are planning to study, work or move to the UK, regular IELTS will not be considered and you need to give an IELTS test approved for UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) purposes known as IELTS for UKVI. This applies to everyone coming from a non-English speaking country. Remember, universities, colleges and professional bodies will only accept IELTS for UKVI score.
While there is no change in the content, format or level of difficulty and scoring, IELTS for UKVI simply follows certain extra security protocols to ensure the authenticity of the test taker. Also, your Test Report Form (TRF) may look slightly different from the regular IELTS one.
Frequently asked questions
Which IELTS test should I take if I am applying for UK visa? for UK visa?
If you are from a non-English speaking country and want to study/move to the UK, you need to take an IELTS test approved for UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) purposes known as IELTS for UKVI.
Can I use my IELTS test score for UK Visa application?
No. You need to take the ‘IELTS for UKVI’ test to meet the UK immigration’s requirement.
Is there any difference in the test format of regular IELTS and IELTS for UKVI?
There is no change in the content, format or level of difficulty and scoring for IELTS for UKVI. It simply follows certain extra security protocols to ensure the authenticity of the test taker. Also, your Test Report Form or TRF may also look slightly different from the regular IELTS one.
Where can I take IELTS for UKVI?
The network of IELTS test centres managed by IDP is vast. You can take IELTS in India at UKVI approved locations.
How do I book/register for the test?
You can easily Book IELTS for UKVI and Life Skills online. Alternatively, simply walk in to your nearest IDP IELTS office and our staff will guide you through the registration procedure.
How many times can I take IELTS for UKVI and Life Skills?
There is no restriction on how many times you take the IELTS for UKVI and Life Skills test, however, if you pass the Life Skills test once, you will not be able to re-take it at the same level for a duration of two years.
Can I use my score of IELTS for UKVI for other purposes in other countries?
Yes, you can. IELTS score is accepted by over 10,000 educational and professional organisations across the globe.