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

If you are looking to work or study in UK, 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.

Is there a 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 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.

We offer IELTS for UKVI in Jakarta, Indonesia

Test Description Fee*
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. Rp 3,317,000
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. Rp 3,317,000
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. Rp 2,700,000
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. Rp 2,700,000

 *Starting 1 Nov 2022, the IELTS Life Skills test fee will be IDR 2,600,000


What does the fee include? Our IELTS test fee includes exclusive preparation materials, free 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. British Council has UKVI approved venues across the world.

Book with the British Council and you will receive:

  • Our special offer which will give 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, and includes mock tests and practice resources for all four skills. 
  • Free access to a last minute preparation course ‘Road to IELTS’, which includes nine videos with advice and tutorials, 100 interactive activities and two practice tests for each of the four skills. 
  • Free practice tests and preparation materials: practise IELTS with the British Council for free online or with a copy of the IELTS Practice book which contains sample tests for IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. 
  • Convenient dates and locations: we have multiple test locations in countries all around the world. There are more than 800 official British Council IELTS test centres, all of which are conveniently located and have modern facilities. 
  • Five extra 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 or in person with convenient payment options. Our experienced staff will help you every step of the way to make sure that your IELTS journey runs smoothly.

Choose your IELTS FOR UKVI test dates

The tables below show the available upcoming written test dates for IELTS for UKVI Academic and General Training in Indonesia. You will receive an email with full test details (timetable, venue information) approximately three days before the test. 

IELTS for UKVI test sessions will be delivered in computer-delivered format at our office; Office 8 building 9th floor, Jl. Senopati Raya 8 B, South Jakarta 12910.

IELTS for UKVI 2023 test schedule

Day Date
Thursday 5 January
Sunday 15 January
Thursday 19 January
Sunday 29 January
Sunday 5 February
Thursday 16 February
Sunday 19 February
Thursday 23 February
Sunday 5 March
Thursday 16 March
Sunday 19 March
Thursday 30 March

IELTS Life Skills test sessions will be delivered at our office; Office 8 building 9th floor, Jl. Senopati Raya 8 B, South Jakarta 12910.

IELTS Life Skills 2023 test schedule

Day Date
Thursday 5 January
Thursday 9 February
Thursday 16 March

Special arrangements

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