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The UK Border Agency has announced a number of amendments to the list of approved English language tests for applications made under Tier’s 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.

You can download the revised list in full from the UK Border Agency website.

When you make an application in an immigration category that requires you to demonstrate your English language ability, you must show that you have passed an appropriate test on the list. Source: UK Border Agency.

See also:

New student visa rules announced today

Free service launched to help overseas students study at UK Universities

Change to postal biometric appointment procedure and residence permit help

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Looking for a Tier 4 college or University or need advice?

UKUS is a free University and College Admissions and advice service based in London, UK. Students interested in studying abroad can complete the Online UKUS Registration Form for more details.

Overseas students and workers can qualify for a tax refund

You could qualify for a tax refund if you are an overseas student, work permit holder, Tier 1, Yellow or Blue Card holder – in fact any visa type – even if you are no longer legal or even in the UK!

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5 Responses to “Changes to English language tests for applications under Tiers 1, 2 and 4 of the points-based system announced by UKBA today”
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  1. Does an international post-graduate student who is applying for an extension of visa using a Tier 4 visa application need to write an English test or include an English text before applying for an extension of Tier 4 visa in UK? (I Already obtain a masster degree and i want to go to another college for a post-graduate degree).

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  3. s r khstri says :

    will test be required for those also who entered uk on tier 1 general visa in may 2010 and are due for extension in may 2012

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