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Immigration rules Appendix O: approved English language tests

List of English language tests that have been approved by the Home Office for English language requirements for limited leave to enter or remain under the Immigration Rules.

  1. 1. Where two or more components (reading, writing, speaking and listening) of an English language test are examined and awarded together, for example a combined exam and certificate for reading and writing skills, the specified evidence submitted by the applicant must show that he achieved the required scores in all the relevant components during a single sitting of that examination, unless exempted from sitting a component on the basis of his disability. This requirement does not apply to applications made under part 8 or Appendix FM unless Appendix KoLL applies.
  2. 2. Only the level(s) of Test specified for each Test are approved.
  Tests taken within the UK        
English Language Test SELT provider Awarded by Levels Covered by Test Test Validity Documents required with application
IELTS Life Skills IELTS SELT Consortium Cambridge English Language Assessments A1 speaking and listening. A2 speaking and listening. B1 speaking and listening 2 years For tests taken on or after 6 April 2015: no document required (scores will be verified using the IELTS SELT Consortium online system using a unique reference number which should be stated on the application form).
IELTS IELTS SELT Consortium Cambridge English Language Assessments B1 B2 C1 C2 2 years For tests taken on or after 6 April 2015: no document required (scores will be verified using the IELTS SELT Consortium online system using a unique reference number which should be stated on the application form).
Integrated Skills in English Trinity College London Trinity College London A2 B1 B2 C1 C2 2 years For tests taken on or after 6 April 2015: no document required (scores will be verified using the Trinity College, London online verification system using a unique reference number which should be stated on the application form).
Graded Examinations in Spoken English Trinity College London Trinity College London A1 A2 B1 2 years For tests taken on or after 6 April 2015: no document required (scores will be verified using the Trinity College, London online verification system using a unique reference number which should be stated on the application form).
  Tests taken outside the UK        
English Language Test SELT Provider Awarded by Levels Covered by Test Test Validity Documents required with application
IELTS Life Skills IELTS SELT Consortium Cambridge English Language Assessments A1 speaking and listening. B1 speaking and listening 2 years For tests taken on or after 6 April 2015: no document required (scores will be verified using the IELTS SELT Consortium online system using a unique reference number which should be stated on the application form).
IELTS IELTS SELT Consortium Cambridge English Language Assessments B1 B2 C1 C2 2 years For tests taken on or after 6 April 2015: no document required (scores will be verified using the IELTS SELT Consortium online system using a unique reference number which should be stated on the application form).