The British government has announced major changes as part of a decision to replace the Secure English Language Test (SELT) with the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to test English language proficiency of visa applicants, reports a local daily. A press statement from the British Embassy in Kuwait revealed visa applicants will now present A1 or B1 level proficiency in line with the general European reference for the new IELTS Life Skills.
The statement explained this decision was made to reduce the standard of language proficiency requirement since IELTS is less difficult for the applicants. Choosing IELTS as the new standard requirement is also useful for other countries such as Australia, Canada and New Zealand which use the same test for immigration purposes.
According to the statement, over 100 major websites across the world will be offering the IELTS exam throughout the year. The exam is conducted only in authorized centers, which should follow procedures stipulated by the British government. The applicant should state reason for the exam during registration. The British government will upload list of approved centers for IELTS on www.ielts.org/uk