ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT IELTS LIFE SKILLS TEST

IELTS Life Skills is an English test for people who need to prove their English speaking and listening ability as part of a visa or immigration application. IELTS Life Skills is available at A1, A2 or B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

IELTS Life Skills can be used as part of a UK visa or immigration application:
  • If you want to remain with a relative, spouse or partner already living in the UK permanently
  • If you are already living in the UK and want to make it your permanent home
  • If you want to become a British citizen.

TEST FORMAT

IELTS Life Skills is available at three levels:
  • IELTS Life Skills – A1 Speaking and Listening
  • IELTS Life Skills – A2 Speaking and Listening
  • IELTS Life Skills – B1 Speaking and Listening

You will take the test with an examiner, and with one other candidate.

The tasks in IELTS Life Skills are designed to reflect the everyday experience of communicating in an English-speaking country. You will be expected to take part in short discussions on everyday subjects including:

  • Personal details/experiences
  • Family and friends
  • Buying goods
  • Work
  • Housing
  • Health
  • Leisure
  • Education/training
  • Transport
  • Weather

Aims at

  • listen and respond to spoken language including simple narratives, statements, questions and single-step instructions
  • communicate basic information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics
  • Talk with another person in a familiar situation about familiar topics.

Tasks Include

  • describing
  • giving opinions
  • giving personal information
  • stating preferences
  • commenting
  • asking for information or descriptions
  • agreeing and disagreeing
  • explaining, giving reasons or justifying
  • deciding
  • suggesting

Aims at

  • listen and respond to spoken language, including straightforward information, short narratives, explanations and instructions
  • communicate information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics
  • talk with one or more people in a familiar situation, to establish shared understanding about familiar topics.

In addition to the above mentioned Tasks in A1, The A2 Tasks Include

  • Comparing
  • Prioritizing
  • Planning
  • Persuading

Aims at

  • listen and respond to spoken language including simple narratives, statements, questions and single-step instructions
  • communicate basic information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics
  • Talk with another person in a familiar situation about familiar topics.

In addition to the A1 and A2 tasks shown above, the B1 tasks may include:

  • Showing contrast, cause, reason or purpose
  • Narrating
  • Asking about past or future events
  • Expressing future certainty or possibility.

RESULTS

Test results are usually available within 7 days of your test through SMS or Email. You will get one of two results:

  • Pass
  • Fail