Changes to English Language Tests

If you are hoping to apply for a UK visa, or are in the process of doing so, you should check to see whether the categeory you are applying in requires you to demonstrate a certain standard of English language ability by taking a test. 

This week, UKBA have implemented changes to the list of approved English language tests for applications made under Tiers 1, 2 and 4 of the Points-Based System and for spouse or partner applications.  You should check these amendments carefully before signing up to take a test.

The list of changes reads as follows:

  • the City & Guilds test scores now show ‘pass’ and there is a separate English language test for spouse/partner applications
  • for City & Guilds tests the documents required for a migrants application have been amended
  • ETS have changed the way that the scores for their TOEFL ibt (internet based test) map against the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)
  • the ETS TOEFL ibt (internet based test) now includes scores for spouse and partner applications
  • there is a change to the web address for the TOEIC (The test of English for international communication) English language test
  • Cambridge ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) have amended the title of one of their tests from ‘International Legal English Certificate’ to ‘Cambridge English Legal’
  • for Cambridge ESOL tests the minimum grade requirements are clearer
  • Trinity College tests now have a 2 year expiry date

You can access the revised list here.

If you require any further information on English Language Tests, please contact us.

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