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

List of approved test centres in the UK from 20 July 2020

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List of approved test centres outside the UK from 20 July 2020

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Approved secure English language tests

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Candidate identification requirements

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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.

Test Centres may be subject to closure due to coronavirus. Please visit your provider’s website for information on test centre availability.

Published 20 November 2013
Last updated 22 July 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated list of secure English language tests.

  2. Updated life of approved test centres inside and outside the UK.

  3. Excel versions added to assist iOS users.

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  7. New approved English language tests from Pearson Education Ltd effective from 21 May 2020. Updates to "Approved secure English language tests" and "Frequently asked questions for candidates".

  8. Updated list of approved tests centres and guidance on approved secure English language tests effective from 1 April 2020.

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