Work in the UK

LanguageCert SELT exams for Work in UK visas

If you are looking to relocate to the UK or remain in the UK for employment purposes, you may need to prove your English language level to obtain a UK work visa.

To prove your English language skills in order to apply for a Work in the UK visa, you must choose the appropriate SELT exam. The language skills assessed, and the exam level depend on the minimum UKVI requirements for your visa type.  

Application type Minimum CEFR level required for UK visa Skills required LanguageCert SELT exam
Representative of an Overseas Business visa A1 Speaking & Listening

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT A1 (Speaking & Listening)

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Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visa
 A1 Speaking & Listening

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT A1 (Speaking & Listening)

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Tier 2 (General) visa B1 Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B1 (Speaking & Listening)

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Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa B2 Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking)

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Innovator visa B2 Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking)

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Start-up visa B2 Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking

LanguageCert International ESOL SELT B2 (Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking)

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This list is accurate as of the last update by LanguageCert. However, the information is subject to change, so you should also check the UK government guidance on English language tests for UK visas for latest information. Please note that UK visa applicants are responsible for ensuring that they take the correct exam.

 

Useful tips

  • Sponsoring companies may require a higher level of English than what is the UKVI requirement for a Work visa. Before you plan your exam, check with your sponsor which level is right for them.
  • The table above outlines the language skills and minimum required level per visa type. If your language competence is higher than the minimum levels required for your visa type, you can choose to take a higher-level exam assessing the same skills, which will also cover your application requirement.

Why choose LanguageCert SELT exams?

 

LanguageCert is committed to its mission of developing and delivering high-quality English language skills assessment and certification that enhance the lives, education and career prospects of candidates across the world. With this in mind, we offer our internationally recognised English language qualifications through a secure and smooth exam process that allows you to focus on what matters the most, that is your UK visa exam!

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LanguageCert offers its SELT candidates complimentary LanguageCert International ESOL certificates and digital badges, when they achieve the results required for the corresponding qualifications.

For Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking UK visa exams:

If you achieve a score of 50% or more

  • on average, in Listening, Reading Writing
  • in Speaking

you will be awarded the respective LanguageCert International ESOL certificate(s) in Listening, Reading and Writing and/or in Speaking.

Click here to learn more about LanguageCert International ESOL qualifications and certificates.

LanguageCert International ESOL (Listening, Reading, Writing) certificates are recognised internationally  by governments, organisations and educational institutions.


For Speaking & Listening UK visa exams:

If you achieve an average score of 60% or more you will be awarded the respective LanguageCert International ESOL certificate (Speaking & Listening).

All LanguageCert International ESOL exams are Ofqual regulated and certificates are valid indefinitely.

For all LanguageCert International ESOL certificates achieved, you will be awarded a free:

  • e-certificate
  • hard-copy certificate
  • digital badge

LanguageCert International ESOL certificates are awarded based on the conditions described above and are not dependent on whether you have achieved the results required by UKVI.