IELTS for UKVI in Riga

What is IELTS for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)?
If you are looking to work or study in UK, you may need to apply for a UK Visa and demonstrate that you have met the required level of English by taking a Home Office approved Secure English Language Test (SELT), such as IELTS for UKVI (Academic and General Training) or IELTS Life Skills.
Is there a difference in test format between IELTS and IELTS for UKVI?
IELTS and IELTS for UKVI are the same in terms of format, content, scoring and level of difficulty. However, the Test Report Form which contains your results is slightly different to show that you have taken the test at an official IELTS for UKVI location, which is approved by the UK Home Office.
Which test format should I take?
If you are a student, please check with your university / college / school which test you need before booking.
If you are applying for a Student Visa (Tier 4) at a higher education institution to enter directly onto a bachelor or postgraduate degree at a university that is a Tier 4 Sponsor, you must meet the English language level set by the institution. All British universities and colleges accept IELTS Academic results This means you may not need to take an IELTS for UKVI (Academic) test but can submit an IELTS Academic result.

If you are NOT a student, please check which test format you need with the organisations you are applying to before booking the test.
We offer IELTS for UKVI in Riga in Latvia.


You can book your IELTS for UKVI test here.

IELTS for UKVI test fees:

IELTS for UKVI- 268.00 EUR

IELTS Life Skills - 185.00 EUR

Please transfer the test fee  to the following account:
Account holder: Baltic Council for International Education
Registration No: 40008085919
Account:            LV20HABA0551019935194
Bank:                 SWEDBANK HABA LV 22
Description:       IELTS for UKVI + surname + exam date
 ***Please send the payment confirmation to us in email:


IELTS for UKVI: cancellations and transfers policy for test takers

Note: This policy applies only to IELTS for UKVI testing, including IELTS Life Skills. Please consult the relevant policy for non-UKVI IELTS tests.
A. Cancellations

You can cancel your IELTS test registration at any time before taking your test by notifying your test centre. Refund terms depend upon when you cancel and whether exceptional circumstances apply.  
1. Time to test date

1.1.  More than 14 days before the test:

If you cancel your IELTS test registration more than 14 days before the test you will receive a 75% refund of the total test fee.

1.2. Within 14 days but more than two days before the test:

If you cancel your IELTS test registration within 14 days but more than two days before the test you will receive a 50% refund of the total test fee.

1.3. Within two days of the test:

If you cancel your IELTS test registration within two days of the test you will receive a 25% refund of the total test fee.  

1.4. On the test day or after the test:

If you cancel your IELTS test registration on the test day or after the test, no refund will be provided.
2. Test taker exceptions

You may make a case for exceptional circumstances to your test centre before the test and up to five working days after the test date if you did not attend the test. Your test centre will respond to you within seven working days of receiving your case in writing. Your test centre will assess your case for exceptional circumstances.

All cases for exceptional circumstances and supporting evidence must be received by your test centre no later than five working days after the scheduled test date.

If your test centre approves your case, you will receive a full refund less an administration fee of no more than 25%.

If your test centre does not approve your case, then the terms given in section 1. will apply.

We define exceptional circumstances as:

    Serious medical conditions which prevent you from attending or performing normally on test day; such conditions require supporting evidence of a medical certificate from a qualified medical practitioner
    Evidence of bereavement, trauma or other forms of significant hardship
    Military service

3. Test centre exceptions

Under certain circumstances outside test centre control, we may have to cancel your test. These circumstances include and are not limited to extreme weather conditions, natural disaster, civil unrest and industrial action.

In these circumstances, your test centre will provide you with as much notice as possible and give you the choice of either:

    A full refund, or,
    A transfer to a future test date convenient to you.

In cases where your test centre cancels a test under circumstances within its control then in addition to a full refund or transfer to another test date, you may be eligible to apply for compensation for expenses incurred. Your eligibility will be assessed as a reasonable claim or not by the test centre and any compensation will be awarded depending on the following conditions:

    The test centre will assess whether the decision to cancel is within or outside its control.
    Any compensation awarded will be limited to travel and accommodation expenses only and which are:

- directly incurred as a result of planning your attendance on test day,

- evidenced by payment receipt(s),

- evidenced that cancelled travel and/or accommodation charges are non-recoverable from vendor,

- benchmarked against lowest reasonable market rates for the expenses in question (this will be carried out by the test centre).

    If you travel further than the closest test venue to your normal place of residence then the test centre will not find your claim reasonable.

B. Transfers

4.1. More than 14 days before the test:

You may change your test date at any time more than 14 days before the test.

You must select a test date, where available, within the next three months from your original test date. If your preferred test date is more than three months after your original test date then your transfer will be treated as a cancellation.

You can only transfer the same booking once.

Your test centre may charge an administration fee of up to 25% of total test fee.

4.2. Within 14 days of the test:

Any transfer requests within 14 days of the test will be treated as a cancellation. Please refer to section A. Cancellations of this policy document.


For further information on the IELTS test for UK Visas and Immigration, you can write to the Baltic Council at: