What is IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (IELTS UKVI)?

If you are planning to study in the UK or are applying for a UK work visa you need to show you have met the required level of English by taking a Home Office approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), such as IELTS for UKVI (Academic and General Training) or IELTS Life Skills.

Is there a difference in test format between IELTS and IELTS for UKVI?

IELTS and IELTS for UKVI are the same in terms of format, content, scoring and level of difficulty. However, the Test Report Form which contains your results is slightly different to show that you have taken the test at an official IELTS for UKVI location, which is approved by the UK Home Office.

Which test format should I take?

f you are a student looking to study in Britain with a UK student visa, please check with your university / college / school which test you need before booking.

If you are applying for a UK Student Visa (Tier 4) at a higher education institution to enter directly onto a bachelor or postgraduate degree at a university that is a Tier 4 Sponsor, you must meet the English language level set by the institution. All British universities and colleges accept IELTS Academic results. This means you may not need to take an IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test but can instead submit an IELTS Academic result.

If you are NOT a student and are applying for a United Kingdom work visa, please check which test format you need with the organisations you are applying to before booking the test.

We offer IELTS for UKVI only in Kathmandu in Nepal

Test Description Fee
IELTS for UKVI (Academic)* Take this test if the university or organisation you are applying to has requested that you take the IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test. NPR. 32,000
IELTS for UKVI (General Training)* Take this test if you want to migrate to the UK or want to train or study below degree level. NPR. 32,000
IELTS Life Skills A1** Take this test if you need to prove your English Speaking and Listening skills as part of your application to UK Visas and Immigration for 'family of a settled person' visas. NPR. 22,500
IELTS Life Skills B1** Take this test if you need to prove your English Speaking and Listening skills as part of your application to UK Visas and Immigration for indefinite leave to remain or citizenship. NPR. 22,500

You can also take IELTS for UKVI (Academic and General Training) One Skill Retake on computer. Find out more about IELTS One Skill Retake

What does the IELTS for UKVI fee include? Our IELTS UKVI test fee in Nepal includes exclusive IELTS preparation materials, free practice tests and much more. 

Taking IELTS for UKVI with the British Council

IELTS for UKVI (Academic and General Training) tests and IELTS Life Skills are taken at a UKVI approved test centre. The British Council has UKVI approved venues across the world.

Special arrangements

We’re here to assist if you have any accessibility needs that may impact on your ability to take IELTS for UKVI. Find out more about our broad range of support tools and adjustments.

IELTS for UKVI: cancellations and transfers policy for test takers

You can cancel your IELTS test registration at any time before taking your test by notifying your test centre.