What is the difference between IELTS VS UKVI IELTS ? – AEON AYOOR & KOTTIYAM


IELTS and UKVI are related to English language proficiency testing, but they serve different purposes. Let’s have a look at each of them:

IELTS (International English Language Testing System): IELTS is a widely recognized English language proficiency test.It evaluates non-native English speakers who want to study, work, or migrate to English-speaking nations. The test assesses four important language skills: listening, reading, writing, and speaking. IELTS scores are accepted by thousands of educational institutions, employers, immigration authorities, and professional bodies worldwide.

UKVI (UK Visas and Immigration): UKVI is a branch of the Home Office in the United Kingdom that deals with visa and immigration matters. If you are applying for a UK visa, such as a study visa, work visa, or settlement visa, you may be required to provide evidence of your English language proficiency. In this case, you would need to take an approved English test for UKVI purposes. While IELTS is one of the tests accepted by UKVI, they have specific requirements for the type of IELTS test and minimum score needed.

It’s important to note that there are two types of IELTS tests accepted by UKVI:

a. IELTS Academic for UKVI: This test is suitable for individuals applying for higher education or professional registration in the UK.

b. IELTS General Training for UKVI: This test is suitable for those who wish to migrate to the UK for work or training programs, as well as for some visa categories.

Both IELTS Academic for UKVI and IELTS General Training for UKVI have the same format and content as their regular counterparts, but they are administered under strict security conditions to meet the requirements of UKVI.

In summary, IELTS is a general English language proficiency test accepted worldwide, while UKVI refers to the specific requirements of the UK’s visa and immigration authorities. If you are applying for a UK visa, you may need to take an IELTS test that is specifically approved for UKVI purposes. It’s always advisable to check the specific requirements of the visa category you are applying for to determine which test is suitable for your situation.


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