IELTS, or the international Language Testing System, is a test designed to assess people’s ability to communicate in the English language. The IELTS test is a recommended test for international students seeking to study in the UK. It is often an important test as well for families that want to move to the US on long-term or permanent basis. So, why do you need the test if you already speak English? Read on to get answers to the question and answers about other important questions on IELTS UKVI.
Why you need the Test
The IELTS is a recommended English language test for people who wish to apply for uk visa. The test is applied in many Anglophone speaking countries; notably the US, New Zealand, Canada, Ireland and Australia. Technically, you must submit an English language qualification test if you want a visa for work, business or studies. However, at times you may be asked to submit an approved test such as the IELTS especially if you cannot communicate verbally in English.
Test for Students
If you are planning to pursue a bachelor’s or post graduate degree in a UK university, you must have a certain level of mastery in the English language. Most of the universities set the English proficiency levels, and can decide on what way they want you to prove it. However, almost all UK universities accept IELTS test results. As from April 2016, your IELTS results can also be sued to apply for permanent residency in Britain.
Can you apply the test online?
These days it is absolutely possible to apply the UKVI IELTS online. The format of questions often reflects that of any other tests, including the duration time. Taking the test online is however, more convenient and more affordable. But if you are not comfortable with online methods, you can take the test in any location directed to you by UKVI offices. Note also that applying the IELTS for uk visa is a bit different than when taking it for other purposes. The locations for instance may differ, the time and the forms as well. Other than that, the questions, levels of difficulty, examiners and scoring methods remain the same.
Enquiry of Results
In case you are not pleased by the results of your IETS, you can request for certain parts to be remarked. This is called an ‘Enquiry of results.’ You have to pay a fixed fee to get the results remarked, and you must apply for the process six weeks within the first day you sat for the test. If your results improve after the remark, you will get your money refunded.
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