IELTS Life Skills

IELTS Life Skills

IELTS Life Skills is a test of Speaking and Listening and is available at CEFR Levels A1, A2 and B2. It is designed to meet the requirements of UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for certain visa categories and other immigration purposes.

Test format

IELTS Life Skills at CEFR Level A1 takes 16–18 minutes, A2 no more than 20 minutes and at B1 level 22 minutes.
Candidates take the test with an examiner and with one other candidate. Candidates are assessed on Speaking and Listening at the same time.
IELTS Life Skills at Level A1 and A2 have two parts. IELTS Life Skills at Level B1 has three parts.

Part 1

Candidates ask and answer questions and have short discussions on everyday subjects

Part 2

Candidates listen to a task played on a CD. They have to listen for the general meaning and detail. They say their answers aloud, although they can make notes on paper while they listen. There will then be a discussion on a theme related to recording on the CD.

Part 3

(Level B1 test only): plan an activity with the other candidate

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