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IELTS for UKVI and IELTS Life Skills are the only Cambridge English exams included on the UK government list of Secure English Language Tests (SELT), which can be used for Visa and Immigration purposes:
Find a UKVI-approved IELTS test centre.
Most students applying for degree-level university study or higher (e.g. undergraduate and postgraduate) do not need to take a SELT test. This is because most universities and colleges in the UK set their own English-language requirements for students applying to study at degree level (or higher). So you can use Cambridge English’s C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency to support your application.
Find out which Cambridge English exams can be used for UK university applications.
If you do not come from the European Union, European Economic Area, Switzerland or ‘majority English speaking countries’ (as defined by the UK Home Office) and you are applying for a Foundation or Pre-Sessional course, you may need to take IELTS for UKVI or another SELT test.
To find out whether you need to take an approved test (SELT), what level you need to achieve and which exam you can use, contact UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) or the British Embassy or High Commission in your country.
IELTS is owned by the British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.
The following table shows the approved Secure English Language Tests offered by Cambridge English and the IELTS test partners.
IELTS for UKVI – 5.5 overall, and for each of the four skills
Other Cambridge English exams can also be used at this level of study at Tier 4 Sponsor universities3
1Both General and Academic Training modules are accepted. The CEFR requirement for each skill must be met.
2IELTS for UKVI can be used where IELTS Life Skills is used; candidates would need to get 4.0 or above in Speaking and Listening (scores for Reading and Writing will be ignored).
3Universities on UKVI’s list of Tier 4 Sponsors decide which exams to accept when a SELT is not required, and these may include C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency.
4From 01 May 2017. For those on the 5-year route to settlement. Exemptions apply to partners of members of HM Forces, 10-year partner and parent routes, and partners granted leave under Part 8 of the Immigration Rules.
5From 12 November 2015, you can no longer use a result from a Cambridge English exam for Citizenship (naturalisation). From 19 November 2015, you can no longer use a result from a Cambridge English exam for Indefinite Leave to Remain (to settle). We strongly recommend taking IELTS for UKVI or IELTS Life Skills for these purposes.