Most students applying for a visa to study in the UK will need to take a secure English language test. This is because your chosen university needs evidence of your ability in English before they can provide you with a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) to support your visa application.
IELTS for UKVI
At present, the only secure English language test approved for UK immigration applications is a UKVI Approved IELTS (IELTS for UKVI)
TOEFL, Pearson PTE (Academic), Cambridge English scale and Trinity Integrated Skills in English
TOEFL, Pearson PTE (Academic), Cambridge English scale and Trinity Integrated Skills in English taken overseas are no longer on the UK Visas and Immigration approved secure English language tests list.
We will continue to accept these tests for admission to programmes at degree level and above in conjunction with a video interview on Skype or equivalent. Trinity Integrated Skills in English tests, taken in the UK at UKVI approved centres, continue to be accepted for visa purposes for study at all levels.
For some international student applications, we are able to consider other English test scores with supporting evidence of your ability in English. Please note that certificates from private language schools will not be accepted.
Please visit your country page to see the specific English language requirements for your country.