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Frequently Asked Questions

Overview of IELTS for UKVI

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Is there anything I should bring to the IELTS for UKVI exam?
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‍Please bring the items as follows,

  • Valid passport which you used for the application
  • A coloured copy of your passport
  • Black pencils (mechanical pencils, pencil caps, pens, etc. are not allowed)
  • Eraser(without covers)
  • Water(no other drinks allowed) in a transparent bottle with the label removed

Please check here for more details.

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How is my IELTS test different if I take it for UK Visa purposes?
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The IELTS test for UK Visa purposes is designed to meet certain administrative requirements that are only specified by UK Visas and Immigration. Test Report Forms will be slightly different, to show that test takers have taken the test at an IELTS UK Visa session. The actual test taken is the same – same content, examiners, format, level of difficulty, scoring and so on.

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How often can I re-take IELTS or IELTS Life Skills?
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There are no restrictions on retaking IELTS. You can register for a test as soon as you feel you are ready to do so.
If you pass IELTS Life Skills, you cannot retake it for a period of two years.
If you do not pass it, there are no restrictions on retaking the test.

Overview of IELTS Life Skills

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Is there anything I should bring to the IELTS Life Skills exam?
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Please bring the items as follows,

  • Valid passport which you used for the application
  • A coloured copy of your passport
  • Black pencils (mechanical pencils, pencil caps, pens, etc. are not allowed)
  • Eraser(without covers)
  • Water(no other drinks allowed) in a transparent bottle with the label removed

Please check here for more details.

Q
How often can I re-take IELTS or IELTS Life Skills?
A

There are no restrictions on retaking IELTS. You can register for a test as soon as you feel you are ready to do so.
If you pass IELTS Life Skills, you cannot retake it for a period of two years.
If you do not pass it, there are no restrictions on retaking the test.

About Life Skills

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What is IELTS Life Skills? What is it for?
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IELTS Life Skills is a test of Speaking and Listening, available at CEFR Level A1 and CEFR Level B1.
It is designed to meet the requirements of UK Visas and Immigration for certain visa categories.

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What is the format of the IELTS Life Skills test?
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You take the test with another test taker and one Examiner.
Your own performance on both speaking and listening will be assessed during this one session.

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Why does IELTS Life Skills only cover Speaking and Listening?
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The new test has been designed to meet specific immigration requirements for which applicants only need to demonstrate speaking and listening skills.

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How long does the IELTS Life Skills test take?
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IELTS Life Skills at CEFR Level A1 takes 16-18 minutes and Level B1 is 22 minutes.

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Is there any break between Speaking and Listening?
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No. You will be assessed on your Speaking and Listening skills at the same time.

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How is IELTS Life Skills assessed?
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A certificated IELTS Examiner will assess your performance throughout the Listening and Speaking test based on the following criteria:

  • obtaining information
  • conveying information
  • speaking to communicate
  • engaging in discussion
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How can I prepare for the IELTS Life Skills test?
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Free test samples are available at Take IELTS with British Council.

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How many copies of IELTS Life Skills Test Report Form will I get?
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You will receive one copy of the IELTS Life Skills Test Report Form.

After Application

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What should I do if my passport has been renewed?
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You are strongly advised that the passport that you bring to the test day must match with the passport information submitted in your online application.
Therefore, if your passport has been renewed, you must inform us by e-mail by 10 AM, 3days prior to the test.
Please be aware that you will not be admitted to the test session if there is any discrepancy on your passport details.

About Test Report Form

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How soon will I get my Test Report Form (TRF)?
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Test Report Form (TRF) will be posted to you
IELTS for UKVI:
13 days after the written test.

IELTS Life Skills:
6 days after the test.

Centres are not permitted to give results over the phone or email or by fax.
Please note these issue dates will be moved to the next business day if they are on a public holiday.