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The Life Skills test is available at three different levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). You can choose between Life Skills A1, A2 and B1 where you will be assessed for you English speaking and listening skills.

You will sit the test with an IELTS examiner and a second test taker. The examiner will assess your speaking and listening skills during the test session. The session can last between 16 and 22 minutes.

An IELTS examiner will assess your English speaking and listening skills across a set of criteria. The criteria include: Obtaining information Conveying information Speaking to communicate Engaging in discussion.

There are no band scores attached to an IELTS Life Skills Test. You will get either of the following results when you take an IELTS Life Skills test:

  • Pass

  • Fail.


How do I improve my fluency? Should I ever try to use a different accent to my own?

To improve your fluency, try to practice as much as you can. The more words you know, the less you have to search for words. Also, use connecting words to help you keep going. The only problem with accents is if it stops people from understanding you. Just try to make the sounds of English so you can be understood.

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