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IELTS Life Skills

If you need to prove your English speaking and listening ability as part of a visa or immigration application then IELTS Life Skills may be suitable for you.

IELTS Life Skills is only for UK visa and immigration applications.

IELTS Life Skills

Using IELTS for a UK visa

Important information if you are applying for a UK visa – find out how you can use IELTS for this purpose on the IELTS website.

The world's most popular English test for higher education and global migration

Educational institutions, employers, professional registration bodies and government immigration agencies often require proof of English language skills as part of their recruitment or admission procedures. IELTS is widely accepted for these purposes.

IELTS is designed to test the language ability of people who want to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. Over 3 million tests are taken each year.

For sample questions, support or more information, visit the IELTS website.

Key facts

Band score range: 1–9
Test format: Paper-based
No. of papers: 4
Length: About 2 hours 45 minutes

5 IELTS students speaking English IELTS enables you to:

  • start your journey into work or study in another country
  • prove your English language skills
  • decide on a module to match your goal – Academic or General Training.

Two IELTS students discussing a map Reasons to choose IELTS:

  • Results are available in 13 calendar days.
  • The test is offered in over 1,100 locations, in more than 140 countries.
  • Over 10,000 organisations worldwide accept IELTS as proof of language ability.

Prior to enrolling in a dual Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Management) at Monash University in Australia, I was required to sit the IELTS test to obtain a student visa. I sat the test while living in Japan and received a band score of 8.5, satisfying visa requirements. There is no doubt that IELTS makes the world a bigger, more open place.

Pavel Kachailov,

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IELTS amplía sus horizontes

El examen International English Language Testing System (IELTS) es la prueba de inglés más demandada por estudiantes e inmigrantes. Cada año, más de 1,5 millones de candidatos realizan el examen IELTS para iniciar su trayectoria educativa y profesional.