Secure English language test must be taken by UK Visa applicants under Tier 4 (general) of the points-based system.
This is one of the new changes that the UK Border Agency implements under the tier of the Points-Based Immigration System.
This new rule applies to student visa applicants studying a course below NQF Level 6 (except a Foundation Degree or an English language course), using a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) issued on or after 12 August 2010.
Below is an excerpt from the UKBA website sometime in 2010 regarding this new rule. It says:
"Tier 4 sponsor must ensure that their students are competent in English language at a minimum of level B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) by showing that the visa applicants:
-are from a majority English-speaking country; or
-have successfully completed a course as a Tier 4 (Child) student (or under the student rules that were in force before 31 March 2009, if they were granted permission to stay while they were under 18 years old) which lasted at least six months and ended no more than two years before the date when the CAS is assigned; or
-have passed a test on English language with an approved test provider for Tier 4, and has achieved at least CEFR level B1 in all four components (reading, writing, speaking and listening).
CEFR Level B1 is equivalent to band 4 in IELTS.
Other changes include new rules on changing to a different education provider.
If you are planning to go to the U.K, visit the
UK government website
and check your papers against the requirements. Otherwise, you will end up disappointed.