PTE Academic UKVI

PTE Academic UKVI is a Secure English Language Test (SELT) that is approved by the UK Home Office for all UK visas that require a 4 skill language test. It is a fast, fair and convenient choice for anyone who wishes to work, study or come to live in the UK.

There is no difference between PTE Academic and PTE Academic UKVI in terms of test content and format. Instead, there are minor differences in the registration process to comply with UK Home Office requirements.

You have to take PTE Academic UKVI if:

  • You want to study below degree level (e.g. a Foundation program or professional English course)
  • Your chosen institution is not a Tier 4 sponsor*

You can take PTE Academic instead if:

  • You want to study at degree level or above
  • Your chosen institution is a Tier 4 sponsor*

*Check if your chosen institution is on the UK Government’s list of Tier 4 Sponsors

Please confirm the required test with your chosen institution.

To find out more about UK visa English language requirements please visit our UK visa page or the website.

PTE Academic UKVI is computer-based and computer-scored, and test sessions can be scheduled up to 24 hours in advance, 365 days a year. The test assesses the four skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. It lasts approximately 3 hours and provides a score based on the GSE (Global Scale of English). Find out more about the GSE.

Why choose PTE Academic UKVI?


Results typically available within just 48 hours of taking the test.


UK Home Office approved for all family and settlement visas.


Schedule tests up to 24 hours in advance, 365 days a year.


Computer-based testing and marking means you are assessed objectively and consistently.