IELTS Life Skills

The test to take if you are applying for the following types of UK visa: family visa; extension to family, spouse or partner visa; indefinite leave to remain or citizenship.

IELTS Life Skills test is for candidates who need to prove their speaking and listening skills at levels A1 or B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). This is a single test covering speaking and listening skills.

It is strongly recommended that you check with the English language requirements with UK Visas and Immigration. Guidance on applying for a UK visa: approved English language tests.


The test is available at 2 levels:

  • IELTS Life Skills – A1 Speaking and Listening
  • IELTS Life Skills – B1 Speaking and Listening


Who needs IELTS Life Skills?

You can use this test for Visa applications under the following categories.


IELTS Life Skills A1YesNANAYesIf you want to apply for 'family of settled person' visas.
IELTS Life Skills B1YesNANAYesIf you want to apply for indefinite leave to remain or citizenship.


What’s the format of the test?

You will take the test with an examiner, and with one other test taker. Your own performance on both speaking and listening will be assessed during this one session.


The tasks in IELTS Life Skills are designed to reflect the everyday experience of communicating in an English-speaking country. You will be expected to take part in short discussions on everyday subjects including:

  • personal details/experiences
  • family and friends
  • buying goods
  • work
  • health
  • leisure
  • education/training
  • transport
  • housing
  • weather


How much is the test fee?

The test fee is ₦249,000 only.

Bank name: Zenith Bank
Account name: IDP Education Services Nigeria Limited
Account number: 1219329003


To register, visit the test date page.

  • Nigeria’s most popular English-language test for work, study, and migration.
  • IELTS is recognised by over 10,000 organizations in 140 countries worldwide.
  • Speaking test administered face to face in a private, quiet room with one examiner.