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IELTS Life Skills

IELTS LIFE SKILLS LEVEL A1 & IELTS LIFE SKILLS LEVEL B1.
(ONLY LISTENING & SPEAKING TEST). UKVI (United Kingdom Visa & Immigration) APPROVED TEST FOR UK SPOUSE/DEPENDENT/CIVIL PARTNER VISA.

Students are assessed by an experienced teacher at the enrollment session. ABenchmark offer UKVI approved English Language Classes IELTS LIFE SKILLS Level A1 & B1. These are for those students who are applying for UK Settlement visa/Marriage Visa/Spouse Visa/Civil Partner. If you are not sure what your level of English is, an assessment can be given by a teacher from ABenchmark at one of the enrolment sessions. They will then advise you about your level and, if appropriate, suggest a suitable class according to your requirement.

We have experienced faculty for IELTS LIFE SKILLS LEVEL A1 students. We provide them study material which is prepared by our experienced staff which will help students to achieve first class passing marks which is required by UKBA to log UK Settlement Visa.We guarantee that we will make you achieve the desired Level so that you can pass the UK visa English test. So many students have passed this test through us and have secured their Visa's. We assure 98% success rate because of our training schedule.

Preparation for UKVI approved IELTS LIFE SKILLS LEVEL A1 & B1 test for Spouse/ Settlement Visa/ Marriage.

Duration: (Depends on student’s level of Education he/she already have) The intended purpose of this program is to help all those who wish to demonstrate their linguistic abilities as is required by the UKVI to apply for the Marriage/ Spouse/ Settlement Visa. To help learners achieve the 'Usage and Use' of language level that confirms to the Common European framework of Reference Level A1 The program is open to all others who desire to enhance their English Language performance skills in their day-to-day life.

ONLY TEST approved for people applying for the marriage Visa to UK. There is no other test than IELTS LIFESKILLS Level A1 for UK spouse visa.

FAQ”s on IELTS LIFE SKILLS LEVEL A1 & LEVEL B1 TEST

What is IELTS Life Skills? What is it for?
IELTS Life Skills is a new English Language test offered by the three IELTS Test Partners - British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.
 IELTS Life Skills is a test of Speaking and Listening, available at CEFR Level A1 and CEFR Level B1. It is designed to meet the requirements of UK Visas and Immigration for certain visa categories and other immigration purposes.
 
When and where can I take an IELTS Life Skills test?
IELTS Life Skills tests are available throughout the world, in locations specified by UK Visas and Immigration. For more information, please visit Guidance on Applying for UK Visa – approved English language tests.
 
What is the format of the IELTS Life Skills test?
Test is conducted with Two Candidates and one Examiner. Each Candidate’s performance on both speaking and listening is assessed during this one session.
 
Why does IELTS Life Skills only cover Speaking and Listening?
The new test has been designed to meet specific immigration requirements for which applicants only need to demonstrate speaking and listening skills.
 
How long does the IELTS Life Skills test take?
IELTS Life Skills at CEFR Level A1 takes 16-18 minutes and Level B1 is of 22 minutes.

 Is there any break between Speaking and Listening?
No, you will be assessed on your Speaking and Listening skills at the same time.

 How is IELTS Life Skills assessed?
A certificated IELTS Examiner will assess your performance throughout the Speaking and Listening test based on the following criteria:
•   obtaining information
•   conveying information
•   speaking to communicate
•   engaging in discussion
**The performance of the one candidate does not affect the assessment of the other candidate

 How can I prepare for the IELTS Life Skills test?
We at ABenchmark prepare students for this test. We do provide online training also for distant students.

How many copies of IELTS Life Skills Test Report Form will I get?
You will receive one copy of the IELTS Life Skills Test Report Form.

How soon will I get my IELTS Life Skills results?
Test results are normally available within 7 days of test.

How often is an IELTS or IELTS Life Skills test available?
For IELTS Life Skills, two exam dates are available every month.

How often can I re-take IELTS Life Skills Test?
If you pass IELTS Life Skills, you cannot retake it at the same level for a period of two years. If you do not pass it, there are no restrictions on retaking the test.

What happens during the test?
There are two main parts to IELTS Life Skills:
•         In the first part, Candidates are expected to ask and answer questions on familiar topics.
•         The second part is a combined listening and speaking task.

o   At A1 and B1 level, Candidates will listen to a task played on a CD.
o   Completing the task allows candidates to show their ability to Understand the ongoing task and ability to answer questions on the basis of it.
o   Candidates can also use Pen and Paper to make their own notes while listening to the conversation
o   There will then be a discussion on a theme related to what you have listened to on the CD.
•         Additionally at B1 level, there is also a task where you plan an activity with the other candidate.

Why do I take the test with another candidate?

IELTS Life Skills tests is a demonstration of A candidate’s Speaking and Listening Skills  which is required for Everyday conversations in order to communicate with other people in English. The best way to test these skills is to pair candidates with a similar level of ability, so as to have a clear picture on your Level of English to communicate and engage in discussion with others.

At times during the test candidates are allowed to take notes to prepare their answers. The examiner will not mark those notes – only the candidate’s speaking and listening skills are marked during the test.
There are two main parts to IELTS Life Skills test:
Part 1
In Part 1 candidate are expected to ask and answer questions on familiar topics.
Part 2
In Part 2 listening and speaking skills are evaluated at the same time.
A1 and B1 levels: candidates will listen to a task played on a CD. Completing the task allows them to show ability to understand the ongoing task and ability to answer questions on the basis of it.
Candidates need to speak their answers (not write them down), although they can make notes on paper while listening to the CD.
Then there will be a discussion on a topic related to what candidates have listened to on the CD.
B1 level only: in addition to the tasks above there is also another task where one candidate plans an activity with the other candidate.
Note: the reason one candidate has to interact with the other is, IELTS Life Skills tests criteria to evaluate upon how well people can communicate with others in everyday English. The best way to test these skills is to put two candidates  at a similar level of ability in a situation that allows them to show how well they can speak English to communicate and engage in discussion with others.

Face-to-face Speaking and Listening test  
The Exam is conducted by the Examiner among two Candidates                   
The tasks in IELTS Life Skills are designed to reflect the everyday experience of communication in an English-speaking country. Candidates are  expected to take part in short discussions on everyday subjects including:
•           personal details/experiences
•           family and friends
•           buying goods
•           work
•           health
•           leisure
•           education/training
•           transport
•           housing
•           weather.

The focus of the test
At each level, the test is designed to assess whether a candidate can listen and respond to a situation, while making a meaningful conversation or discussion with other people.

A1

 

Focus:

Candidate is expected to:

  • - listen and respond to spoken language, including simple narratives, statements, questions and single-step instructions

  • - communicate basic information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics

  • - Coversate with another person in a familiar situation about familiar topics.

Tasks may include:

- describing
- giving opinions
- giving personal information
- stating preferences
- commenting
- asking for information or descriptions
- agreeing and disagreeing
- explaining, giving reasons or justifying
- deciding
- suggesting
- selecting.

 

 

B1

 

Focus:

Candidate is expected to:
- listen and respond to spoken language, including straightforward information and narratives, and follow straightforward explanations and instructions.
- communicate information, feelings and opinions on familiar topics, using appropriate formality.
- talk with one or more people in a familiar situation, making relevant points and responding to what others say to reach a shared understanding about familiar topics.

In addition to the A1 tasks shown above, the B1 tasks may include:

-comparing
-showing contrast, cause, reason or purpose
-prioritizing
-planning
-persuading
-narrating
-asking about past or future events
-expressing future certainty or possibility

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