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1. MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) Free Course!

https://www.britishcouncil.org.eg/en/exam/ielts/preparation-courses-resources/MOOC

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See: https://takeielts.britishcouncil.org/apps

3. On 20 February 2015, the UK government announced important changes to Secure English Language Tests (SELT) for visa purposes. If you make a visa application to stay or move to the UK, you need to be aware of changes made by United Kingdom Visas & Immigration (UKVI). Information relating to these changes can be found at the following links - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-applying-for-uk-visa-approved-english-language-tests and www.ielts.org/uk

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

After 06/04/2015 certain categories of UK visa will require a SELT (Secure English Language Test) IELTS test.

For normal immigration purposes this is mandatory.

For non-EU candidates going to a UK university the situation is that universities vary.

There are 3 possibilities:

i. A university will accept an IELTS result from any IELTS centre.
ii. A university will accept an IELTS result from their own centre.
iii. A university will only accept a SELT.

Please, before applying, check with the universities you are applying to that they are in Group i.

If you have not done this and apply and pay, then normal cancellation conditions apply.



4. CAS letters - Message from Home Office to Higher Education Institutions May 2015.

DO I NEED TO SEE A SELT BEFORE ASSIGNING A SINGLE CAS TO COVER A PRE-SESSIONAL AND A MAIN COURSE OF STUDY?
If you are an HEI (Higher Education Institution), you can issue a CAS to cover both a pre-sessional course and a place on a main course of study at degree level or above (which has been offered unconditionally), provided: the pre-sessional is no more than three months long, and ends no more than one month before the main degree course; and is taken with the same HEI or with a teaching partner named on the licence of the HEI.
In these circumstances, you can choose your own method of checking the English language ability of the applicant is at CEFR level B2. There is also a specific concession for applicants who do not yet meet the B2 level requirement. If you are an HEI and you are satisfied that the applicant will reach the B2 level requirement following a short pre sessional English language course, you can issue a single CAS to cover the pre sessional course and the main degree course of study. In these circumstances, you must require the applicant to provide a recent SELT from one of the providers on the approved list to demonstrate they are proficient in English at B1 level before issuing the CAS. The pre-sessional must be no more than three months long, end no more than one month before the main degree course, and be taken with the same HEI or with a teaching partner named on the licence of the HEI.
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