UK visa information

The table below shows the test and minimum score that is required for your visa application.

TypeVisaMinimum
CEFR level
PTE score
equivalent
Skills assessedTest
WorkStart-up visaB259Reading, Writing Speaking, and ListeningPTE Academic UKVI
WorkInnovator visaB259Reading, Writing Speaking, and ListeningPTE Academic UKVI
WorkRepresentative of an Overseas BusinessA1PassSpeaking and ListeningPTE Home A1*
WorkTier 2 General visa – in most casesB143Reading, Writing Speaking, and ListeningPTE Academic UKVI
WorkTier 2 Sportsperson visaA1PassSpeaking and ListeningPTE Home A1*
WorkTier 2 Minister of Religion visaB259Reading, Writing Speaking, and ListeningPTE Academic UKVI
StudyStudent route visa (formerly known as the Tier 4 General student visa)
Below degree level i.e. pre-sessional courses
B143Reading, Writing Speaking, and ListeningPTE Academic UKVI
StudyStudent route visa (formerly known as the Tier 4 General student visa) – degree level and aboveB2 (Some universities will require a higher grade)59Reading, Writing Speaking, and ListeningPTE Academic
PTE Academic UKVI**
(dependent on institution visa approval status)
FamilyFamily route
Spouse/partner
Fiance, fiancee or proposed civil partner
Parent of a dependent
A1PassSpeaking and ListeningPTE Home A1*
FamilyFamily route (extension)
Spouse/partner
Parent of a dependent
A2PassSpeaking and ListeningPTE Home A2*
SettlementSettlement (indefinite leave to remain) or citizenshipB1PassSpeaking and ListeningPTE Home B1*

*You can use a higher level test. For example PTE Home B1 test could be used for a spouse/partner visa application. You can also take the PTE Academic UKVI test for a family visa provided that you score above the minimum CEFR level.

**There is no difference in test content between PTE Academic and PTE Academic UKVI. Book PTE Academic UKVI if you require a SELT Unique Reference Number (URN) for inclusion on your visa application.