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PTE SELT Tests for UK Visas and Immigration

Find out about our UK Home Office-approved SELT tests (Secure English Language Tests) for study, work, and migration.

PTE SELT Tests for UK Visas and Immigration

Find out about our UK Home Office-approved SELT tests (Secure English Language Tests) for study, work, and migration.

PTE Academic UKVI

A Home Office-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) for all visas that require a four-skill language test. A fast, fair, and convenient choice for anyone who wishes to work or study in the UK.

Why PTE Academic UKVI is the right choice

Fast results

Book at short notice, take a single test, then get your results typically within just 48 hours.

Accepted throughout the UK

Approved by the UK Home Office and recognized by 99% of all UK universities and colleges.

Complete preparation

Feel confident with a scored practice test, great value prep packages, and FREE courses, videos and mobile app.

From November 16, PTE Academic will change. Find out everything you need to know and how to prepare.

Is UKVI right for me?

PTE Academic UKVI is relevant for UK visas that require a four-skill language test (i.e., speaking, writing, listening, reading). These are study visas and work visas.

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Study visas
You should choose PTE Academic UKVI if:
  • You are applying for a Student route visa (formerly known as the Tier 4 General student visa) and you are planning to study below degree level (e.g. a Foundation or Pathways course or professional English course).

  • You wish to study at degree level or above at somewhere that is not a Higher Education Institution (HEI)

You should take PTE Academic instead if:
  • You are applying for a Student route visa (formerly known as the Tier 4 General student visa) and are planning to study at degree level or aboveRead more about PTE Academic.

Please check with your Higher Education Institution (HEI) to confirm their specific English requirements

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Work visas
You should choose PTE Academic UKVI if:

You are applying for the following Work visas:

  • Start-up visa

  • Innovator visa

  • Skilled worker visa (formerly known as the Tier 2 General work visa)

  • Minister of religion visa (Tier 2)

You should take PTE Home A1 instead if:

You want to apply for a Sportsperson (Tier 2) or Representative of an Overseas Business visa. Read more about PTE Home A1.

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Ready to prepare?

Explore test preparation materials and resources, including our official scored practice test, to help build your confidence for test day.

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Get to know the test format

The PTE Academic test is taken on a computer in a secure and friendly test center. It tests your skills over three hours in:

  • Speaking and Writing

  • Reading

  • Listening

Get to know each part of the test, the question types you can expect, and tips to help you perform at your best.

What else you need to know

Before booking or taking your test, here are a few other things you can check out.

Test day checklist

Everything you need to know for your test day, including ID requirements.

View checklist and ID requirements

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