Bader International Study Centre


at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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Evidence of English Language

If you need a Tier 4 (General) student visa, UK Visas & Immigration (UKVI) will require evidence of your English language level unless you are a national of a majority English-speaking country (MESC).

If you require a Short-term Study visa, you may need to provide additional documents depending on your circumstances, such as evidence of your English language qualifications.

IELTS for UKVI is a Secure English Language Test. You will require a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for your visa if you are coming to study on a Tier 4 (General) student visa and you are not a national of a majority English-speaking country.

  • You must select the "Academic" module when taking the IELTS for UKVI test.

IELTS (Academic) for UKVI

The IELTS for UKVI test can be taken worldwide. To make sure your IELTS test report form is the IELTS for UKVI version you need to:

  • book the test in an approved IELTS SELT Consortium test centre.
  • confirm at the time of registration that you wish to use your test result for a UK visa application. You must sit the test in an 'IELTS for UKVI' test session, as UKVI will not accept results from all IELTS tests offered at these locations.

The content of the test is the same as other IELTS tests but the test report form is different (see image below) and approved by UKVI for visa applications.

When you have received your test score you should submit your IELTS SELT reference numbers and the certificate via the online portal, as it is a requirement that the BISC view your certificate in order to make sure you meet the requirements for your visa.

How to Book
  1. Go to
  2. Click on “UK – Live, work and study in the UK with IELTS”
    1. If you click on “Canada – open doors to Canada with IELTS” then you will not be able to go down the IELTS for UKVI route and your IELTS certificate will not have the required reference number for UKVI on it.
  3. On the page click on “Register for IELTS for UKVI”.
  4. On the page click on “Register for IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration”.
  5. On the page at click on “Select” under the heading “IELTS for UKVI and IELTS Life Skills”.
  6. Select Country in which the test will take place.
  7. Click “Find a test location”. All locations that show on the screen listed should match up with those provided by the UK Government in the PDF which is linked to at
  8. You will need to register an account.
  9. When you have registered you will be on a page highlighted as “Application Details”. You should ensure your test session details indicate the test is “IELTS for UKVI” (Academic):
  10. When asked “Are you taking this test for UK Visas and Immigration?” – select “Yes”
  11. Under “Why are you taking the test?” select “Higher education extended course (three months or more)”
  12. Under “Are you planning to study at a university with UKVI Highly Trusted Sponsor status?” answer “Yes”.
    1. You may see a pop-up box appear. Click “OK” and continue with your application (the BISC is an Overseas Higher Education Institution, which for these purposes is not the same as a Higher Education Institution).
  13. If you are using an agent, put their name in the box.
  14. Indicate if you have taken IELTS before.


IELTS Test Report Forms

A sample IELTS for UKVI test report is shown below next to a standard IELTS test report. The standard test report is not suitable for visa applications if you are coming to study on a pre-degree programme.

Correct Form
The image below shows what an IELTS for UKVI test report form looks like. It contains a UKVI number and a CEFR level (circled in red). Other features include:
  • Module type is indicated in the top right-hand corner. It should read "Academic".
  • Centre number is indicated in the top left-hand corner. It should be one of the UKVI approved secure English language test centres.
  • Test Report Form Number is indicated in the bottom right-hand corner. Please provide this number and the UKVI reference number to the BISC via the online portal.

Incorrect Form
The image below shows what a standard IELTS test report form looks like. This is NOT an IELTS for UKVI test report form.