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IELTS for UKVI

Computer-delivered IELTS will be launched in September 2020.

IELTS for UKVI, IELTS Life Skills will be offered as of April 2021

  • What is IELTS for UKVI
  • IELTS for UKVI(IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration)is a UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) for visa applications, both work and study-abroad, to the UK.
  • What is IELTS Life Skills
    IELTS Life Skills is for individuals applying for UK visas to show that they have speaking and listening skills at Level A1 or B1 of the Common European Framework of References for Languages.

  • The Eiken Foundation of Japan has received certification for implementation of the IELTS for UKVI, which requires higher security, and will begin offering the test from April 2021.
The IELTS for UKVI administered by Eiken foundation of Japan is a paper-based test. If you would like to take the Computer-Delivered IELTS for UKVI, please apply from the British Council.
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Basic Information

Test Modules; IELTS for UKVI

IELTS for UKVI  Academic Module
This test is required for individuals pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree, or those wishing to work in the UK. The test is comprised of 4 sections: listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

IELTS for UKVI  General Training Module
This test is required for individuals who are moving to the UK or those pursuing vocational training or study at a level below a bachelor’s degree. The test is comprised of 4 sections: listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

IELTS Life Skills A1
For people applying for a visa to remain with a relative, spouse, or partner already living in the UK permanently-“family of a settled person” visas. This proves their speaking and listening ability and takes between 16-18 minutes.

※A1 level:  Level set by the CEFR (Common European Frame of Reference) and is equivalent to ESOL Entry 1 of the National Qualification Framework (NQF).

IELTS Life Skills B1
For people applying for British citizenship as well as those who are already living in the UK and wish for permanent residency-indefinite leave to remain and citizenship. This proves their speaking and listening ability and takes around 22 minutes.

※B1 level:  Level set by the CEFR (Common European Frame of Reference) and is equivalent to ESOL Entry 3 of the National Qualification Framework (NQF).


To find out if you need to take IELTS for UKVI or IELTS Life Skills for your visa application, as well as the necessary test level, please contact UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI), the UK Embassy website(gov.uk) as well as other relevant organizations.
More information can be found on the UKVI web site.

Please read the inforamtion below before continuing the registration process

For information on IELTS scores and UK Visa requirements, please click here.

IELTS for UKVI, IELTS Life Skills are managed by the IELTS SELT Consortium, which is comprised of The British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia, and Cambridge Assessment English.

※Secure English Language Tests (SELT): UK government-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) for visa applications.

Registration and Test Fees

Test Fees (per individual per test session ) 
IELTS for UKVI (Academic・General) ・・・ 29,400 JPY(tax inclusive)
IELTS Life Skills (A1・B1) ・・・ 20,500 JPY (tax inclusive)
 ※It is the responsibility of the test-taker to decide which IELTS to register and take. The test centre cannot accept any changes to the type of test nor offer refunds for any errors made when registering.

Payment Method
Credit card(Visa・MasterCard・Diners Club・JCB・American Express・Discover) 

Application Deadlines
IELTS for UKVI (Academic・General)  Deadline is 0:30 A.M., 6 days prior to the test day.
IELTS Life Skills (A1・B1)   Deadline is 0:00 A.M. (midnight), 3 days prior to the test day.
e.g.)  If the exam is held on Saturday, the application will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday. 


Cancellations to your IELTS test registration can be made until the day before the test by notifying your test centre. Refund terms depend upon when you cancel, and a handling fee will be deducted from the registration fee. Furthermore,if the following exceptional measures apply, and if the application is approved by the test centre, a refund or change of test date may be permitted.

Please click here for more information on cancellation terms and costs.


  ≪Exceptional Measures≫
In the following special cases, a refund or change of test date may be permitted by submitting the necessary certification and application forms.

・Serious illness (Common cold and/or stomachaches do not qualify)
・In the event that a relative within the third degree of kinship has passed away
※ Please be sure to submit original documents, such as a medical certificate from the hospital and/or a funeral notification,within 5 days from the test date.

Cancellations will not be accepted nor will refunds be made after the cancellation deadline.

Please read the information below before continuing the registration process

Test Venues and Test Dates

1.Test Venues
Please select either Tokyo or Osaka. For more information, please click “Register here”.
2.Test Date
Please check the test date from the calendar below.

 ■Tokyo-「Shinjuku ward」Osaka-「Osaka city」

Please check the “Registration” site for the most up-to-date information on test dates and availability.

3.Test Day Timetable


IELTS for UKVI (Both Academic and General modules)

Time

Details

8:00

Reception start time

8:00 ~ 8:39

ID Check

9:00 ~ 12:30

LRW Tests

13:00 ~ 17:30

Speaking Test

Note that the above timetable is only a guide, so please check the timetable from the application website on the test day.
The starting time of the speaking test can be selected from the application screen but may change depending on circumstances. We appreciate your understanding in advance.

IELTS Life Skills(Both A1 and B1)Assembly Time
・ The test start time will vary depending on the examinee. In addition, the time for each examinee is specified by the test centre and can not be changed.

What to bring on  the test day

※There are many instances of candidates forgetting to bring a coloured copy of their registered passport. Please make sure to bring a coloured copy of the pertinent passport page.

Make a coloured copy of your passport (real-sized, double spread with your headshot photo on A4-sized paper) and add your test date and full name on the right side as shown below.

※A valid passport as well as a coloured copy of the passport on A4-sized paper is necessary for registering. Please refer to the example above on how to make a copy of your passport.

※Watches and clocks of any kind, including wristwatches, are not permitted. Please refer to the clock in the test room.
※Pencil sharpeners and tissue paper are provided in the test room.

An official Test Report Form will be sent out 13 days after the test date for IELTS for UKVI, and next Wednesday after the test date for IELTS Life Skills. If the above days are national holidays, test results will be sent the following business day.

Cost of Issuing Additional Test Report Forms

The cost for sending Additional Test Report Forms up to five organizations, within one month after the results release date (13 days after the test date) is as follows.:
※ Life Skills cannot beissued AdditionalTestReport Forms.

  • Regular mail/Electronic – Free
  • Registered (EMS) mail – 1,600 JPY per each Test Report Form.

The cost for sending Additional Test Report Forms to more than five organizations or any requests more than one month of issuing the original Test Report Form is as follows.:

  • Regular mail/Electronic – Postage is free, but a handling charge of 1,100 JPY per Test Report Form will be charged.
  • Registered (EMS) mail – 1,600 JPY postage fee per each Test Report Form aswell as a handling charge of 1,100 JPY per each Test Report Form.

If you do not wish to have your Test Report Form sent through registered email, it will be sent through regular mail or electronically.
Note that the test center can not be held responsible for confirming that the Test Report Form has been received by the organization when sent through regular mail or electronically.

※Test results are valid for 2 years. Request for Additional Test Report Forms right before the expiration date may not be possible due to processing requirements. Please contact the following test centres for more information.


IELTS Official Tokyo Test Center:  jp500seltielts@eiken.or.jp
IELTS Official Osaka Test Center: jp512seltielts@eiken.or.jp

Enquiry on Results (EOR)

Candidates can apply for an Enquiry On Results (remarking) if they feel that the test results are incorrect. Candidates can choose to have one or more parts of their test re-marked.
Fees for EOR are as below.
An administrative fee of 15,000 JPY which should be prepaid, will be charged for this service, but should the result(s) change after the Enquiry on Results, the full amount will be refunded only if the applicant for remarking designates a bank account in Japan as the account to which such refund should be made. Please note that it takes about 3 weeks (or more) for re-marking.

  • IELTS for UKVI、IELTS Life Skills 15,000 JPY (tax inclusive)

Please contact the following test centers for more information.

IELTS Official Tokyo Test Center: jp500seltielts@eiken.or.jp
IELTS Official Osaka Test Center: jp512seltielts@eiken.or.jp

Please send all necessary documents stated below within 39 days of the Written test date by post.

EOR application form(candidates should download the form from the reply sent by the test center)

Note that all necessary documents as well as payment must arrive at the designated test center within 39 days of the Written test date. If the deadline falls on a weekend or a national holiday, the request is due on the last business day before the weekend or national holiday.Please make sure to apply with plenty of time to spare.

Also note that bank handling fees are the responsibility of the candidate. The original test results will be invalid and requests for additional Test Report Forms can not be submitted during the EOR process.

※EOR requests can not be cancelled once the process has started.
We can only accept EOR requests from candidates who have taken the IELTS session with IELTS Official Test Centers (JP500 or JP512) of the Eiken Foundation of Japan.

Changes and Cancellation
You may request to change the test date, test venue, and/or module up till 23:59, 10 days before the test date, once, free of charge. Please note that the requested changes are strictly subject to availability. Any changes after the initial change will be subject to a handling charge per change.

  • IELTS for UKVI: 7,350 JPY (tax inclusive)
  • IELTS Life Skills: 5,250 JPY (tax inclusive)

Cancellation
Request for cancellations as well as refunds after the deadline are not accepted. However, in the following special cases, a refund or change of test date may be permitted by submitting the necessary certification and application forms.

・Serious illness (Common cold and/or stomachaches do not qualify)
・In the event that a relative within the third degree of kinship has passed away
※Please be sure to submit original documents, such as a medical certificate from the hospital and/or a funeral notification, within 5 days from the date of the test.

  • 15days or more before the test date
    If you cancel your application more than 15 days before the test date, 75% of the test fee will be refunded.

    IELTS for UKVI : 22,050 JPY (tax inclusive)

    IELTS Life Skills : 15,375 JPY (tax inclusive)
  • Within 3 to 14 days before the test date
    If you cancel your application for the IELTS exam within 3 to 14 days before the exam date, 50% of the test fee will be refunded.

    IELTS for UKVI : 14,700 JPY (tax inclusive))

    IELTS Life Skills : 10,250 JPY (tax inclusive)
  • Within 2 days of the test date
    If you cancel your application for the IELTS exam within 2 days before the exam date, 25% of the test fee will be refunded.

    IELTS for UKVI : 7,350 JPY (tax inclusive)

    IELTS Life Skills : 5,125円 JPY (tax inclusive)
  • Cancellations can not be made on or after the test date nor will refunds be given.

If you would like to make any changes or cancellations, please contact the following test centres.

IELTS Official Tokyo Test Centre: jp500seltielts@eiken.or.jp

IELTS Official Osaka Test Centre: jp512seltielts@eiken.or.jp

Additionalnotes:
If you are absent on the test day, a refund will not be given. The Eiken Foundation of Japan reserves the right to reject applications for refunds or schedule changes. Refunds will be made through the credit card account used to pay the exam fee.

The Eiken Foundation of Japan, in cooperation with certification organizations/examination organizations (Exam Board) and educational institutions, proactively takes supportive measures so that persons with disabilities can take examinations in an appropriate environment. If you are considering taking the exam, please check the link below.


Special Arrangements for IELTS

※Specific measures vary depending on individual circumstances and rules of the testing organization.

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Applicationsfor IELTS for UKVI and Life Skills can be made through this website.
If you would like to apply by any other method, please contact the following test centres.

IELTSOfficial Tokyo Test Centre: jp500seltielts@eiken.or.jp
IELTS Official Osaka Test Centre:  jp512seltielts@eiken.or.jp

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Test Results

An official Test Report Form will be sent out 13 days after the test date for IELTS for UKVI, and next Wednesday after the test date for IELTS Life Skills. If the above days are national holidays, test results will be sent the following business day.

Other Expeness

Cost of Issuing Additional Test Report Forms

The cost for sending Additional Test Report Forms up to five organizations, within one month after the results release date (13 days after the test date) is as follows.:
※ Life Skills cannot beissued AdditionalTestReport Forms.

  • Regular mail/Electronic – Free
  • Registered (EMS) mail – 1,600 JPY per each Test Report Form.

The cost for sending Additional Test Report Forms to more than five organizations or any requests more than one month of issuing the original Test Report Form is as follows.:

  • Regular mail/Electronic – Postage is free, but a handling charge of 1,100 JPY per Test Report Form will be charged.
  • Registered (EMS) mail – 1,600 JPY postage fee per each Test Report Form aswell as a handling charge of 1,100 JPY per each Test Report Form.

If you do not wish to have your Test Report Form sent through registered email, it will be sent through regular mail or electronically.
Note that the test center can not be held responsible for confirming that the Test Report Form has been received by the organization when sent through regular mail or electronically.

※Test results are valid for 2 years. Request for Additional Test Report Forms right before the expiration date may not be possible due to processing requirements. Please contact the following test centres for more information.

IELTS Official Tokyo Test Center: jp500seltielts@eiken.or.jp
IELTS Official Osaka Test Center: jp512seltielts@eiken.or.jp


Enquiry on Results (EOR)

Candidates can apply for an Enquiry On Results (remarking) if they feel that the test results are incorrect. Candidates can choose to have one or more parts of their test re-marked.
Fees for EOR are as below.
An administrative fee of 15,000 JPY which should be prepaid, will be charged for this service, but should the result(s) change after the Enquiry on Results, the full amount will be refunded only if the applicant for remarking designates a bank account in Japan as the account to which such refund should be made. Please note that it takes about 3 weeks (or more) for re-marking.

  • IELTS for UKVI、IELTS Life Skills 15,000 JPY (tax inclusive)

Please contact the following test centers for more information.

IELTS Official Tokyo Test Center: jp500seltielts@eiken.or.jp
IELTS Official Osaka Test Center: jp512seltielts@eiken.or.jpPlease send all necessary documents stated below within 39 days of the Written test date by post.

EOR application form(candidates should download the form from the reply sent by the test center)

Note that all necessary documents as well as payment must arrive at the designated test center within 39 days of the Written test date. If the deadline falls on a weekend or a national holiday, the request is due on the last business day before the weekend or national holiday.Please make sure to apply with plenty of time to spare.

Also note that bank handling fees are the responsibility of the candidate. The original test results will be invalid and requests for additional Test Report Forms can not be submitted during the EOR process.

※EOR requests can not be cancelled once the process has started.
We can only accept EOR requests from candidates who have taken the IELTS session with IELTS Official Test Centers (JP500 or JP512) of the Eiken Foundation of Japan.

Cancellation

Changes and Cancellation
You may request to change the test date, test venue, and/or module up till 23:59, 10 days before the test date, once, free of charge. Please note that the requested changes are strictly subject to availability. Any changes after the initial change will be subject to a handling charge per change.

  • IELTS for UKVI: 7,350 JPY (tax inclusive)
  • IELTS Life Skills: 5,250 JPY (tax inclusive)

Cancellation
Request for cancellations as well as refunds after the deadline are not accepted. However, in the following special cases, a refund or change of test date may be permitted by submitting the necessary certification and application forms.

・Serious illness (Common cold and/or stomachaches do not qualify)
・In the event that a relative within the third degree of kinship has passed away
※Please be sure to submit original documents, such as a medical certificate from the hospital and/or a funeral notification, within 5 days from the date of the test.15days or more before the test date
If you cancel your application more than 15 days before the test date, 75% of the test fee will be refunded.

IELTS for UKVI : 22,050 JPY (tax inclusive)

IELTS Life Skills : 15,375 JPY (tax inclusive)
Within 3 to 14 days before the test date
If you cancel your application for the IELTS exam within 3 to 14 days before the exam date, 50% of the test fee will be refunded.

IELTS for UKVI : 14,700 JPY (tax inclusive))

IELTS Life Skills : 10,250 JPY (tax inclusive)
Within 2 days of the test date
If you cancel your application for the IELTS exam within 2 days before the exam date, 25% of the test fee will be refunded.

IELTS for UKVI : 7,350 JPY (tax inclusive)

IELTS Life Skills : 5,125円 JPY (tax inclusive)
Cancellations can not be made on or after the test date nor will refunds be given.If you would like to make any changes or cancellations, please contact the following test centres.

IELTS Official Tokyo Test Centre: jp500seltielts@eiken.or.jp

IELTS Official Osaka Test Centre: jp512seltielts@eiken.or.jp

Additionalnotes:
If you are absent on the test day, a refund will not be given. The Eiken Foundation of Japan reserves the right to reject applications for refunds or schedule changes. Refunds will be made through the credit card account used to pay the exam fee.

Special Arrangements

The Eiken Foundation of Japan, in cooperation with certification organizations/examination organizations (Exam Board) and educational institutions, proactively takes supportive measures so that persons with disabilities can take examinations in an appropriate environment. If you are considering taking the exam, please check the link below.


Special Arrangements for IELTS

※Specific measures vary depending on individual circumstances and rules of the testing organization.

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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

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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.

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