How to use PTE Academic with UKBA applications 

Using PTE Academic when applying for a Tier 4 visa

If you are applying for entry at undergraduate degree level or higher, check with the institution you are applying to for their PTE Academic score requirements. This is the score you will also need for your Tier 4 (student visa) application.

If you are applying for entry to a non-degree program, you will need to demonstrate your English language proficiency at CEFR level B1 for your Tier 4 (student visa) application. PTE Academic is approved for this purpose with a score of at least 36. Note you will need to score 36 in each of the four communicative skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing.  There is no requirement to achieve minimum scores for enabling skills.

Using PTE Academic when applying for a Tier 2 visa

Tier 2 (General)
visa applicants require a minimum PTE Academic Score of 36 in each of the four communicative skills (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing). 

Tier 2  (Sportspeople) and Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) applicants require a minimum PTE Academic Score of 24 in each of the four communicative skills,

Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) applicants require a PTE Academic Score of 51 in each of the four communicative skills.

Using PTE Academic when applying for a Spouse/Partner visa

Spouse visa applicants require a minimum PTE Academic score of 24 in Listening and Speaking only.

Taking PTE Academic if your passport is with the UKBA

Please note that if you have already sent your passport to the UK Border Agency for processing, you must* request to have it sent back to you so that you can present it as ID on the day of your test.

For advice on how to request your passport to be returned, please visit this website or call the Immigration Enquiry Bureau on 0870 606 7766 

*with the exception of citizens of Switzerland and Monaco who may present an alternative form of government issued ID containing name, date of birth, photograph and signature.  Please refer to pages 10 and 11 of the Test Taker Handbook.

Sending your PTE Academic score to the UKBA

The UK Border Agency requires that you provide a print out of your score report as well as log in to your account and send your score report to them online.

  • Send your score report online by logging into your account
  • Print out your score report, include it in your application

It is important that you follow both of these steps,

For further information please read the Test Taker Handbook. Specifically pg. 14 - Accessing and allocating scores.

Test Taker Handbook


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