May 1

The PTE Academic Is Now A Recognized SELTs Test


In December 2019, Pearson announced some good news regarding the PTE Academic exam. The  UK Home Office who provides Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) to people who need to demonstrate their English language skills to work or live in the UK, now recognizes PTE academic as an official SELTs test. This means that the PTE academic exam is now a viable option for those who need to provide proof of their language proficiency as part of their application for immigration to the UK.

What Is A SELT?

Secure English Language Test (SELT) refers to UK government-approved language proficiency tests that can be used to prove your English language abilities in support of UK Visa and Immigration (UKVI) applications. These tests are designed to meet certain administrative requirements that are specified by the UK Home Office. There are also additional security measures that are implemented during these tests such as having surveillance cameras in the test centre examination halls, and entrance corridors.

Who Should Take PTE Academic For UKVI:

You should take the PTE Academic for UKVI if:

  • You are applying for a Student visa and 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 are applying for the following UK 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)

Where Is PTE UKVI Offered

Currently, the PTE academic test for UK visas and immigration purposes is offered in certain test centers in the following countries: Japan, Egypt, India, Philippines, South Africa, Hong Kong, Saudi Arabia, and Singapore.

Is There Any Difference Between The PTE UKVI Test And The Regular PTE Academic Test?

There is no difference in test content between PTE Academic and PTE Academic UKVI. The test remains exactly the same in terms of structure, difficulty, and methods of assessment.

However, not all test centers offer both of them, If you require a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for your visa then you will need to take the test at a center that offers PTE Academic for UK Visas & Immigration.

In short, when booking your exam,  you do need to make sure that you book the right exam at the right test center, if you intend to work or study in the UK.

The only major differences are in terms of security and the price. There are additional security measures that are implemented during the test such as having surveillance cameras in the test center examination halls, entrance corridor, and speaking test room.

The UKVI PTE test is slightly higher in price as compared to the normal PTE test. The higher price has nothing to do with an increased level of difficulty or a better level of language proficiency. The increased cost has more to do with the administrative procedures required for this particular exam.

When Is The PTE Academic For UKVI Offered?

The test is offered 365 days of the year and you can book your test within 48 hours (in some cases even 24 hours) before your scheduled test date. Test results are typically available within 2 business days of taking the test.


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