If you are willing to apply for UK Visa and Immigration in order to settle in the UK for any reason then you must have to pass an English language test firstly in order to be eligible for Visa and Immigration process. There are different English language tests approved by immigration department of UK, all the educational institutes in the UK also require various English language tests to clear and here is the list of these tests:
Integrated Skills in English
Graded Examinations in Spoken English
IELTS Life Skills
Now we shall go in detail of these English Language tests in order to understand the process, requirement, syllabus, venue, timing and level of difficulty of these tests.
Integrated Skills in English (ISE):
Trinity college London is the SELT(Secure English language tests ) provider and awarding body of this ISE test
All the ISE tests are valid for Tier1, Tier2 and Tier4 visa applications.
There are 5 types of ISL (Integrated skills in English) tests; all these tests include reading, writing, listening and speaking tests.
All these tests have the validity of 2 years. Here is the list of ISE tests:
ISE (Foundation),CEFR Level A2
ISE 1,CEFR Level B1
ISE2,CEFR Level B2
ISE3,CEFR Level C1
ISE4,CEFR Level C2
Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE):
Trinity College London is the test provider of Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE) and awarding body of this test.
Normally GESE test is required for British Citizenship, Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa, Further Leave to Remain and for Visa extension.
Basically, there are 3 types of GESE test:
GESE Grade 2 for CEFR Level A1
GESE Grade 3 for CEFR Level A2
GESE Grade 5 for CEFR Level B1
Graded Examinations in Spoken English(GESE) is a six-minute face to face Speaking and Listening test.The result of GESE is announced immediately on the same day.
The international English language testing system (IELTS):
IELTS SELT Consortium is the test provider of IELTS in the UK and Cambridge English Language Assessment is the certificate awarding body for IELTS.
IELTS maximum score is 9 and minimum IELTS score requirement for different CEFR levels are given below:
IELTS for CEFR Level B1 with minimum IELTS score 4.0
IELTS for CEFR Level B2 with minimum IELTS score 5.5
IELTS for CEFR Level C1 with minimum IELTS score 7.0
IELTS for CEFR Level C2 with minimum IELTS score 8.5
Basically IELTS test checks your four skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking).
IELTS Life Skills:
If you are required to prove your English Listening and Speaking skills as per your Visa requirement then IELTS Life Skills is the test you must clear first.
IELTS Life Skills test examines your ability to listen and speak English and this test has the validity of 2 years.
IELTS SELT Consortium is the test provider of IELTSlife Skills test in the UK and Cambridge English Language Assessment is the certificate awarding body for IELTS Life Skills test.Here is the list of IELTS Life Skills test for different CEFR Levels: