Skills for English - For Students

 Skills for English (UKVI) is aUK Home Office Approved English Language Qualification available outside the UK – Simple, Quick, Affordable. 

Skills for English (UKVI) is the UK Home Office Approved Secure English Language Qualification newly available outside the UK.

Skills for English has been designed it to make the process of organising your test and achieving the English test requirement of your University application as intuitive and straightforward as possible.

  • High first-time pass rate 
  • Wide availability of test centres and sessions (choice of over 130 test centres across 120 Countries*, all with regular test sessions available)
  • Test levels matched exactly to visa type required
  • A one-session test that is entirely computer-based with no examiner/assessor present
  • Auto-marked reading and listening skills, with speaking and writing skills marked by expert assessors who do not see any of your personal details
  • A quick turn-around on marking with results available in as little as 3-5 days**

Book your Skills for English Test

All Skills for English (UKVI) tests use computer-based delivery for all skills.  Reading and listening are automatically marked during the test session itself; speaking and writing are recorded digitally during the test session and marked by trained assessors (who have no visibility of your personal details) after the test is finished. This means you can move through each of the skills sections in turn in a single test session and enables us to return results in as little as 3-5 days.**

Skills for English is mapped to the ‘Common European Framework of Reference for Languages’ (CEFR) for UKVI purposes, and is also mapped comprehensively to other international English language qualifications.  You can see a comparison table here.

*depending on Covid-19 restrictions
**as of May 2021

Partner Universities and Institutions

The following universities and institutions all accept Skills for English UKVI as part of their admissions process. Click here for the full list.

Switching to Skills for English

If you have studied for a different SELT test but are facing difficulties or delays in booking a test session, take advantage of the global network of test centres offering Skills for English, and download our free guide on Switching to Skills for English

Switching to Skills for English


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