What is the A1 English Test

A1 English Test

The A1 English Test is an English Test that has now been replaced by the IELTS English Test and is a requirement for all UK settlement visas including the UK Spouse Visa. You must apply for the online test and pass the exam before applying for a UK Settlement Visa. If you are considering taking your Thai wife to live with you in the UK, this is one of the tests that she must pass before her application is considered.

Where can you take the IELTS test?


The British Council has four testing centers in Thailand. These are in:

  • Bangkok
  • Chiang Mai
  • Samut Prakan
  • Phuket

There are several other places where the test can be taken, but the times vary. We can advise you which centre would be nearest and most appropriate for you depending on when you require your visa.

What does the test include?


The test includes both a comprehension (listening) and speaking element, and there are different versions of the test. Naturally, you need to book the one that is most appropriate for you, which is the IELTS – IDP Test.

What do you need?


You will need to register for the exam online and you can either pay online at the same time or transfers the funds via a bank transfer. On the day of the test, you will need to take your Thai ID card with you. It takes around ten working days to get the results and assuming that you pass, you can then begin the process of applying for a UK Spouse Visa in earnest.

How can Thai Visa Express Help?


Thai Visa Express is a team of professional immigration consultants who are always ready to assist you with your UK visa application in Thailand. We have over 15 years of experience dealing with UK visas & immigration daily, and we are regulated by the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC) in the UK. We offer a free 30-minute consultation from one of our designated caseworkers, contact us today.

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