The UK Government has announced a new two-year post-study work visa for international students, which will open doors for Sri Lankan graduates in the UK to get a head-start on their career as soon as they have completed their studies. This will be available from the 2020/21 academic year onwards.

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

If you are looking to work or study in the UK, you may need to apply for a UK work visa or a UK student visa and demonstrate that 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 the 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?

If you are a student, 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 submit an IELTS Academic result.

If you are NOT a student,  please check which test format you need with the organisations you are applying to before booking the test.

 

Test Description Fee Special price for registrations in May - June
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.

On paper LKR 83,500

On computer LKR 78,000

On paper LKR 75,500

On computer LKR 70,500

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.

On paper LKR 83,500

On computer LKR 78,000 

On paper LKR 75,500

On computer LKR 70,500

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.

LKR 62,500

 

LKR 56,500

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.

LKR 62,500

 

LKR 56,500

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

Taking British Council IELTS for UKVI

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

Book the British Council IELTS for UKVI and receive:

 • Our special offer which gives you free access to our brand new IELTS for UKVI preparation materials: ‘GEL IELTS Prep’, which includes personalised, smart support that works with you and your learning needs to help you reach your required IELTS for UKVI score. It includes IELTS mock tests and IELTS practice materials for all four skills.

 • Free access to 'IELTS Ready Premium ', which includes 40+ Free IELTS practise tests, model answers, feedback from IELTS experts and more.

 • Free IELTS practice tests and free online IELTS: practise IELTS with the British Council for free online or with a soft copy of the IELTS Practice book which contains sample tests for IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training.

 • Convenient IELTS dates and locations in Sri Lanka: we have multiple test locations in countries all around the world. There are more than 800 official British Council IELTS test centres worldwide, all conveniently located with modern facilities.

 • Five extra IELTS Test Report Forms for free: we send these free of charge to institutions you’re applying to (e.g. immigration offices, universities, etc.)  

• Easy booking and friendly, professional staff: you can book the test online from the comfort of your home in Sri Lanka. We are currently closed for in person payments due to health and safety concerns. Our experienced staff will help you every step of the way to make sure that your IELTS journey runs smoothly.

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