Applying for a UK visa: approved English language tests

Dependent on the UK visa you’re applying for, you may need to take an approved English language test.

Here’s what you need to know.

(Updated as of 13 August 2020)


  • “If the visa you’re applying for asks you to prove your English language ability you should use the list of approved secure English language tests and test centres that meet the Home Office’s requirements.”
  • “The level of English language you are required to prove can change according to the visa you’re applying for. Check the guidance for your visa to find out the level required.”
  • “Test Centres may be subject to closure due to coronavirus. Please visit your provider’s website for information on test centre availability.”

For a list of tests and test centres approved by UK Visas and Immigration to show that applicants have the required level of English for their visa, click here.

For more information on the applying for a UK visa: approved English language tests, send an email to or contact us on 01204 531 535 to book a telephone/Skype consultation. The fee is £30.

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