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

If you are looking to work or study in Britain, you may need to apply for a UK 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.

What is the 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?

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. Instead you can submit an IELTS Academic result. Book the IELTS for UKVI (Academic).

If you are NOT a student and you are applying for a UK 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 in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Multa and Faisalabad only in Pakistan. Life Skills A1 & B1 are only in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad and Mirpur.

Test type Location Fee (in PKR) – Effective from 1 May 2024  Book
IELTS Academic and General Training – in centre - on paper    Peshawar, Abbottabad, Quetta, Mirpur   58,850 Book Now
IELTS Academic and General Training – in centre - on paper   Quetta  67,700   Book Now
IELTS Academic and General Training – in centre - on paper (includes 13% general sales tax levied by the provincial government)    Karachi, Hyderabad   66,550   Book Now
 IELTS Academic and General Training – in centre - on paper (includes 16% general sales tax levied by the provincial government)  Jhelum, Gujrat, Islamabad, Bahawalpur, Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Lahore, Sargodha, Sialkot, Mandi Bahauddin, Multan & Sahiwal  68,300   Book Now
 IELTS Academic and General Training – in centre - on computer   Karachi and Sukkur  59,850   Book Now
 IELTS Academic and General Training – in centre - on computer  Lahore, Islamabad, Multan, and Faisalabad   61,500   Book Now
 IELTS Academic and General Training – in centre - on computer   Peshawar  58,850   Book Now
 IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration - in centre - on paper (Academic and General Training)   Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Multan & Faisalabad 58,850   Book Now
IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration - in centre – on computer (Academic and General Training)   Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Multan & Faisalabad  55,350   Book Now
IELTS Life Skills (A1 and B1) - in centre    Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad, Mirpur   42,800 Book Now

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 fee include? British Council IELTS test fees in Pakistan include exclusive IELTS preparation materials, free IELTS 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. You can choose between paper-based or computer-delivered IELTS for UKVI when you book your test.

Special arrangements

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