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IELTS Life Skills is for people who are required by UK Immigration and Visas to prove their English speaking and listening skills as part of their application process.

The following are some of the reasons people take the IELTS Life Skills Exam:

  • To remain with a relative, spouse or partner already living in the UK permanently.
  • to make the UK their permanent home and our already living there.
  • To become a British citizen/ to get citizenship in the United Kingdom.

IELTS Life Skills is available at A1, A2 and B1 levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This is an international standard used around the world to describe learners’ language skills.

Take the Level A1 test if you want to remain with a relative, spouse or partner already living in the UK permanently.

Take the Level B1 if you are already living in the UK and want to make it your permanent home or if you want to get a British citizenship visa.

Test format

There are two main parts to IELTS Life Skills.

  • In the first part, you are expected to ask and answer questions on familiar topics. 
  • The second part is a combined listening and speaking task.
  • At level A and level B, you will listen to a task played on a CD. Completing the task allows you to show your ability to listen for both the general meaning and detail.
  • You will say your answers, although you can make notes on paper while you listen to the CD.
  • There will then be a discussion on a theme related to what you have listened to on the CD. 
  • Additionally at B1 level, there is also a task where you plan an activity with the other test taker.

Test Duration:

For IELTS Life Skills you only need to attend one short session to complete the test. The times allowed for each level are:

  • IELTS Life Skills –  A1 Speaking and Listening 16 –18 minutes
  • IELTS Life Skills – A2 Speaking and Listening 20 minutes
  • IELTS Life Skills – B1 Speaking and Listening 22 minutes.


You will be assessed on your ability in four key areas:

  • obtaining information
  • conveying information
  • speaking to communicate
  • engaging in discussion.

At times during the test, you will be allowed to take notes to prepare your answers. The examiner will not mark your notes – only your speaking and listening skills are marked during the test.

At Rosemounts we have regular classes for IELTS Life Skills. The classes are conducted by experienced and certified faculty. The material used in the classes is well researched and regularly updated.

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