If you want to apply for an extension to family, spouse or partner visa to the UK, you will most likely need to take an IELTS Life Skills A2 Test to prove your English listening and speaking skills.  The IELTS for UKVI Tests are a secure English-language test (SELT) accepted by the United Kingdom Visa and Immigration Department as proof of your English-language proficiency. IELTS Life Skills A2 tests your listening and speaking skills at the level of A2 in the Common European Framework (CEFR) in a 16 to 18-minute test with an Examiner and one other test taker. The second test taker’s performance will not affect your test results.  You will be assessed on your ability to listen and respond to spoken English where you have to obtain and convey basic information and communicate on familiar topics.  The examiner might ask you to describe a topic, give opinions or preferences and justify those, and explain and expand on a topic. You will also be expected to communicate with both the examiner and the other test taker. 

Ask IELTS

Can I bring in my own pen and paper into the IELTS test?

For both paper-based and computer-delivered IELTS, you will not  be able to bring your own paper into the test for security reasons. If you are sitting  computer-delivered  IELTS, we  will provide you with a pencil and paper.  You also receive paper for your Speaking  test to help you organise your thoughts as you speak with the examiner.  

Learn more