Thursday, December 29, 2016

What to Expect When Taking the IELTS Life Skills Tests

Moving to the UK, regardless of duration and purpose, involves the accomplishment and submission of certain visa and immigration requirements. Non-native English speakers need to present evidence of their proficiency.   UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) acknowledges specific language assessment tests that aspiring immigrants must accomplish—the IELTS Life Skills is one of these tests.

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The IELTS Life Skills test is a visa requirement for people who have established social ties in the UK. It specifically includes individuals who are the “family of a settled person” and individuals who are “extensions to family, spouse or partner” of a person who is residing in the UK.    

The exam is also a qualification for non-native English speakers who wish to be granted the indefinite leave to remain or ILR status, which involves allowing an individual to stay without duration limits in the UK for employment and education purposes. Those who wish to be granted of UK citizenship must pass the IELTS Life Skills test.  

Hopeful immigrants are encouraged to enroll in IELTS UKVI review centers. These IELTS review centers employ language instructors who can guide test takers through the exam’s format and content. They can also assess an examinee’s study progress and adjust it according to the expectations of the test. 

Examinees will take the exam with another participant and a facilitator. To give test takers a preview, here are the three levels of the IELTS Life Skills exams, including their contents and purposes:

IELTS Life Skills A1
 
Qualification for:   Family of a settled person
Test Contents:        Speaking
                                 Listening
Possible Tasks:       Listen and respond to statements, narratives and instructions   
                                 Discuss a familiar subject
                                Ask for more information and clarify topic points  
                                Express preferences, opinions, feelings and decisions
                                Justify viewpoints sufficiently


IELTS Life Skills A2
Qualification for:    Extension to family, spouse or partner
Test Contents:         Speaking
                                 Listening
*IELTS Life Skills A2 is only available in the UK. 

IELTS Life Skills B1
Qualification for:  Indefinite leave to remain, citizenship
Test Contents:       Speaking
                                Listening
Possible Tasks:     Listen and respond to statements
                               Discuss a familiar subject
                               Ask for more information and clarify topic points  
                               Express preferences, opinions, feelings and decisions
                               Justify viewpoints sufficiently
                               Persuade using valid points   
                               Compare and contrast two or more concepts
                               Determine cause and effect
                               Explore intentions and purposes
                               Plan future endeavors and events
           
The test is devised to emulate daily communication scenarios in a location that uses English as its primary language. Topics generally include:
Personal experiences
Family and friends
Everyday transactions
Weather
Work and leisure
Health issues and practices
Education and school life
Transportation
Housing
There is no specific numeric value for the scoring. The exam only has two possible outcomes: pass and fail. To avoid a failing mark, test takers are advised to attend IELTS UKVI review centers. Instructors of this IELTS review center not only give valuable guidance throughout an examinee’s study efforts but also evaluate his/her training progress.

All in all, a certified IELTS facilitator evaluates a test taker based on how he/she can acquire and express information.  Exam takers can access their results at least seven days from the test date.  Moreover, IELTS Life Skills tests can be retaken any number of times as long as the examinee does not take the exam that he/she has already passed.


 


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