IELTS – A1 Life Skills Test (Speaking & Listening)

IELTS – A1 Life Skills Test (Speaking & Listening)

IELTS A1 Life Skills Tests (Speaking & Listening)

IELTS A1 Life Skills Test is one of the requirements when applying for Settlement visa (fiance/Spouse) in the UK.

Who needs to take the exam? Those people who would settle in the UK or will be applying for settlement visa in the UK.

Please make sure that you have the below documents when registering your test.

1. Passport or valid ID (Professional Regulatory Commission ID, Social Security System ID, Government Service Insurance System, and the Unified Multi-purpose ID). On the test day, you must bring the original Passport/ID document that you indicated on your application form).

2. Scanned copy of your valid ID document or passport.

3. A valid VISA card or MasterCard for online payment.


1. You have to complete the whole registration process including online payment within 30 minutes.

2. Test fee – PHP 10,415.00

3. Slots are reserved on a first-come, first served basis.

4. Incomplete application will not be processed.

5. Candidates who seek to cancel their registration or transfer test dates within the five-week period prior to the test date will only receive a refund if they can satisfy to the Administrator that their ability to sit the test has been affected by illness or serious cause. Serious causes include:

• Illness – e.g. hospital admission, serious injury or illness (does not include minor illness such as a mild cold)

• Loss or bereavement – the death of a close family member

• Hardship/trauma – the victim of crime, the victim of a traffic accident

• Military service

6. Change of test date is not permitted unless on medical grounds and should be supported by medical proof dated on the examination day. Candidates have to put such requests in writing within five working days after the test.

Here are the Steps on how to book your test.

1. IELTS British Council Philippines (click here)

2. Scroll down and answer the question “ARE YOU APPLYING FOR IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)? Tick “YES” and select “NEXT”.


3. You’ll be directed to the image below, select “NEXT”.

4. Select the location you prefer to take the exam (Cebu or Manila).

5. Don’t be overwhelmed, scroll down and look for IELTS Life Skills A1. Select the date you want to take the test and click “REGISTER ONLINE”.

6. The popup message will show and it will remind you that it’s your responsibility to register for the right type of test and the test center cannot be held responsible for an incorrect selection, select “OK”.

7. Scroll down and tick the special circumstances you need and the terms and condition and select “NEXT”.

8. Select the “NEW REGISTRATION” button if you are new to IELTS registration online or provide your email and password if you are an existing user.

9. Fill out all the information and read the red text carefully. NOTE: under the “FIRST NAME include your middle name” stated on your valid ID and double check all the details. After filling the form choose the sending option if you want to pick up the test result or post it to your address provided on the form.

10. After selecting Next you’ll be directed to another form, fill up the form and select “NEXT”.

11. Then popup notification will be show and ask you to confirm if all the information is correct, select “OK”.

12. Then you need to check all the details and confirm by “ticking the box” if all the information you’ve provided was correct and select “CONTINUE”.

13. Then it will be directed to ONLINE PAYMENT, select “PAY NOW”.

14.  Then you need to select the card you’ll be used “Visa or MasterCard”.

15. Provide card number and the other details then select “SUBMIT”.

16. After paying online you’ll receive an email from them confirming your test date and your invoice receipt.


On the day of your exam please bring ID you used during your online registration and a copy, also print out the email confirming the schedule of your exam as well as the invoice.


This Post Has 20 Comments

  1. Very good information…..

    1. Thank you!

  2. Thanks for the info!!

  3. lots of useful information here..

    1. Welcome sis

  4. Hi mam, I got confused now.. I’m attending review now as my preparation for my ielts exam, a1 for fiancee visa. And then why is it in my review, the academic and general are having the same test po then now that I watched your YouTube blog it seems like its different?? Magkahiwalay po ba ang ukvi?? I mean different process po?? Mam please contact me in my fb page.. Ruelyn alday.. I need your advice po

    1. Hello! A1 test is not as hard as you think, as long as you can speak basic English. I can tell that you can pass your exam from the way you write your comment on my blog. No need to worry madali lang po talaga yung exam. Good luck!!!

  5. Hi Ma’am Michelle thank you for the help lots..ingat

  6. Hi Michelle,

    I’m applying for Fiancee Visa and I need to take the test but I’m afraid I might fail the exam. Do you recommend to attend review class. But I don’t think I have the time because I work full time HR Manager in a private company. Any ideas you can recommend to pass the exam. Thank you.

    1. The A1 test is easy, and I don’t think you’ll fail the exam. Basic English is enough to pass the exam and the way you composed this comments or questions are enough to say that you’ll pass the exam. Be confident and good luck! X

  7. Me and my fiancee will apply a visa , I stopped him and I asked him to wait becouse I am not good in English . Is that possible for me to passed the exam , I am afraid to take the IELTS what will happen if I fail do I need to take another test ?

    1. Hello sis! madali lang po ang exam, wala po kayong dapat ipag-alala. Basic English is OK, nakapag comment nga po kayo ng ganyan eh :). So don’t worry, kaya mo yan. Lakasan lang ng loob ang kailangan. Good luck!

  8. Hello po, I’m applying for fiancee visa and I had UKVI IELTS exam done. Is it necessary for me to take the A1 test?

    1. Hello. Yes po, you need to take A1 test. Good luck!

    2. You need to take A1, A2, or B1.

  9. Hi Michelle! It’s me again Joycee. Is it okay to take english language test even i am not married to my English Boyfriend yet? Or should i wait po na ikasal muna kami before ako mag take ng test? We are planning to get married on September. I just thought maybe i can take the english test na while waiting for the wedding. Pra after kasal eh makapag apply agad for spouse visa.Thanks

    1. Hello! You can take the English Test anytime you like, please note that it has 1-year validity.

  10. Hindi po ba mag kaka prob pag apply ng spouse visa kng ang gamit ko name sa pag take ng exam eh ung single pa ako? Thanks

  11. hello Michelle! thank u for your post. I just wanna ask how long does the exam take? and is it like written or conversational? thank you!

    1. Hi! It’s more about Speaking. They will test your ability to talk/communicate and listening based on the voice recorder that they will play.

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