IELTS Life Skills is for people who need to prove their English speaking and listening skills at Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Levels A1, A2 or B1.
IELTS Life Skills is available at three levels:
Test results are normally available within seven days of your test.
You will get one of two results
A fail result means that you have not been successful and your test cannot be used for your visa application.
Approved test of speaking and listening for UK visas and immigration
IELTS Life Skills is specifically designed for people who are required by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to prove their speaking and listening ability as part of an application. It can be used by people applying for:
IELTS Life Skills is an English test for people who need to prove their speaking and listening skills at Levels A1 or B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).
The test is included on the UK Home Office’s list of Secure English Language Tests (often referred to as SELT tests) and is available both in the UK and internationally. IELTS Life Skills is offered by the three IELTS Test Partners – British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge Assessment English.
Speaking and Listening test. You will take your test with an examiner, and with one other candidate.
listen and respond to spoken language, including simple narratives, statements, questions and single-step instructions
basic information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics • talk with another person in a familiar situation about familiar topics.
listen and respond to spoken language, including straightforward information and narratives, and follow straightforward explanations and instructions
communicate information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics, using appropriate formality
talk with one or more people in a familiar situation, making relevant points and responding to what others say to reach a shared understanding about familiar topics.
In addition to the A1 tasks shown on the left, the B1 tasks may include: • comparing • showing contrast, cause, reason or purpose
IELTS Life Skills CEFR Level B1 Speaking and Listening (22 minutes) CEFR Level A1 Speaking and Listening (16–18 minutes) A1 B1 Check if you need an English test To find out if you need to take an English test for your visa application, visit the UKVI website at www.gov.uk