Guidance

Applying for a UK visa: approved English language tests

List of tests and test centres approved by UK Visas and Immigration to show that applicants have the required level of English for their visa.

Documents

Identification requirements for candidates

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Frequently asked questions for candidates

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Details

If the visa you’re applying for asks you to prove your English language ability you should use the list of approved secure English language tests and test centres that meet the Home Office’s requirements.

The level of English language you are required to prove can change according to the visa you’re applying for. Check the guidance for your visa to find out the level required.

Published 20 November 2013
Last updated 6 December 2019 + show all updates
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