Personal Immigration

Changes to English language tests

The UK Border Agency has made some amendments to the list of approved English language tests for applications made under Tiers 1, 2 and 4 of the points-based system and for spouse or partner applications.

The amendments include:

  • The City & Guilds test scores now show 'pass' and there is a separate English language test for spouse/partner applications.
  • For City & Guilds tests the documents required for a migrants application have been amended.
  • ETS have changed the way that the scores for their TOEFL ibt (internet based test) map against the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
  • The ETS TOEFL ibt (internet based test) now includes scores for spouse and partner applications.
  • There is a change to the web address for the TOEIC (The test of English for international communication) English language test.
  • Cambridge ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) have amended the title of one of their tests from 'International Legal English Certificate' to 'Cambridge English Legal'.
  • For Cambridge ESOL tests the minimum grade requirements are clearer.
  • Trinity College tests now have a 2 year expiry date.

When applications are made in an immigration category that requires a demonstration of English language ability, applicants must show that they have passed an appropriate test on the list.

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