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United Kingdom visas

PTE is accepted by the United Kingdom Home Office for all visa and immigration applications.

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Minimum PTE score requirements for UK visas

Type Visa Minimum CEFR level PTE score equivalent Skills assessed PTE test type

Work

Start-up visa

B2

59

Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

Work

Innovator visa

B2

59

Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

Work

Representative of an Overseas Business

A1

Pass

Speaking and Listening

Work

Skilled Worker visa (formerly known as the Tier 2 General work visa) – in most cases

B1

43

Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

Work

Tier 2 Sportsperson visa

A1

Pass

Speaking and Listening

Work

Tier 2 Minister of Religion visa

B2

59

Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

Study

Student visa (formerly known as the Tier 4 General student visa) below degree level e.g. pre-sessional courses

B1

43

Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

Study

Student visa (formerly known as the Tier 4 General student visa) – degree level and above

B2 (Some universities will require a higher grade)

59

Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening

PTE Academic; PTE Academic UKVI** (dependent on institution visa approval status)

Family

Family Route; Spouse/partner; Fiance, fiancee or proposed civil partner; Parent of a dependent

A1

Pass

Speaking and Listening

Family

Family route (extension); Spouse/partner; Parent of a dependent

A2

Pass

Speaking and Listening

Settlement

Settlement (indefinite leave to remain);

Citizenship

B1

Pass

Speaking and Listening

The guidance on our site is for information only. Please check the GOV.UK website for the most up-to-date information.

*You can use a higher-level test. For example, PTE Home B1 could be used for a spouse/partner visa application. You can also take the PTE Academic UKVI for a family visa provided that you score the minimum CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) level of A2 (PTE score of 30) or above.

**There is no difference in test content between PTE Academic and PTE Academic UKVI. Book PTE Academic UKVI if you require a SELT Unique Reference Number (URN) for inclusion on your visa application.