Do you need to prove your English language level for a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) application?

IELTS is on the UKVI list of approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT). If you need an IELTS test result as part of your application to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), you will need to take your test at a specific test location authorised by UKVI.

Please note: if you are applying for a Tier 4 student visa for a program of study at degree level or above at a Higher Education Institution, you should check the English language requirement of your chosen institution, as most institutions do not require a SELT for this purpose.
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We have been made aware of fraudulent websites pretending to be the British Council IELTS registration sites. Please be advised that they are not associated with us in any form. We are also not responsible for the content available on these websites.

To ensure your details are safe, please only book your test by clicking on the registration link here on this site or on the TakeIELTS website. 

Before you enter your personal details, please check that you are using our secure online registration system. You can do this by making sure the website address starts with “https://”. In addition fraudulent sites may use incorrect spellings in the website address, so check that “British Council” is spelt correctly. 

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IELTS Academic for UK Visas and Immigration

This test is for test takers wishing to study in the UK below degree level or others who are required to take a SELT test for a direct application to UK Visas and Immigration. The test involves Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

A limited number of places are available at the British Council for IELTS for UKVI (Academic) delivered on computer at the test location in Lagos. More information about IELTS for UKVI (Academic) delivered on computer.

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IELTS General Training for UK Visas and Immigration

This test is for test takers wishing to migrate to the UK or those wishing to train or study below degree level, who need to make a direct application to UK Visas and Immigration. The test involves: Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

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IELTS Life Skills A1

This test is for those who need to prove their English speaking and listening skills as part of their application to UK Visas and Immigration for Family, Spouse or Partner visa.

  • The A1 level is within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), the equivalent to ESOL Entry 1 on the National Qualification Framework (NQF).
  • The test involves Speaking and Listening

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IELTS Life Skills B1

This test is for those who need to prove their English speaking and listening skills as part of their application to UK Visas and Immigration for citizenship/settlement visa.

  • The B1 level is within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), and is the equivalent to ESOL Entry 3 on the National Qualification Framework (NQF).
  • The test involves Speaking and Listening

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Notice to applicants

  • *Due to technical issues relating to online payment for IELTS test, we encourage candidates to pay offline for Standard IELTS, IELTS for UKVI and Life Skills test via bank draft raised in favour of British Council from any Nigerian bank.
  • If you choose online payment option, please note that online payments is unavailable at this time.

  • You will be required to use the offline payment option by Banker's draft addressed to British Council.  We accept bank drafts drawn from any Nigerian bank therefore you do not need bank account numbers to buy a bank draft. Please visit any Nigerian Bank and request to buy a bank draft in favour of British Council. 

If this is not what you are looking for, please visit our pages about IELTS for all other purposes.

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