Two types of IELTS for UKVI
Those coming to the UK for employment will need to take IELTS General for UKVI.
Skills for English (UKVI) is a UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) for visa and immigration applications.
Academic and General tests cover four areas, listening, reading, writing and speaking and to pass you must score at least B1 level.
Each test takes 2 hours 45 minutes and is broken down as follows and applications must score at least 4.0 in each area:
- Listening – 30 minutes
- Reading – 60 minutes
- Writing – 60 minutes
- Speaking – 11-14 minutes
It is useful to refer to the IELTS official site for test formats: https://www.ielts.org/about-the-test/test-format.
Find a test location anywhere in the world here https://www.ielts.org/book-a-test/find-a-test-location
In short, when applying for work in the UK always look for the IELTS for UKVI and ensure you book the test which covers all four areas.
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