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neilo

A1 English Test For Uk Settlement

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neilo    1

Hi,

My Thai friend is applying for a settlement visa with his girlfriend as sponsor. He's got good listening and speaking skills but can't read or write in English.

I've heard that for a UK settlement visa only speaking and listening skills need be tested for the A1 language requirements.

If that is the case then is there anywhere in Bangkok for someone with no reading and writing skills to take the test? Most places I've seen require some reading skills to read the listening test questions etc.

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toddmeister    10

I believe visa2go are still offering the EMD test until the end of this month. EMD have been removed from the approved list of test providers but tests are being accepted during the interim period if the application is to be made before 17th July, I think anyway?

http://www.visa-2go.com/airtiket.php

I had the EMD test booked for my wife a few months back but it was cancelled when the list was reviewed. We are also applying after the interim cut-off period so we had to look at alternatives. My wife has since taken the BULATS test through Vantage Siam but it is a computer based test + speaking test so some aspects of writing, reading, listening and speaking were required. Unfortunatley looking at the new list of providers I can't see any that offer only a speaking & listening test anymore

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englishinsiam    173

Visas Plus run one from Bangkok and Pattaya. I'm afraid I only have their Pattaya details my wife took it start of March and gaines A2 qualification even though only A1 is needed. That was just speaking and listening.

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Thongkorn    1,887

I ask a question similar to your if a child of a person who married a Thai lady and got a settlement visa for the UK and later, decided that she wanted to bring her child to England who is say 14 , and they had dyslexia, would it be hard to get a visa for her child. I know she would have a right .so there must be away.

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Exemptions

You will not need to meet the English language requirement if you provide satisfactory evidence that:

  • you are aged 65 or over at the time when you make your application; or
  • you have a physical or mental condition which would prevent you from meeting the requirement; or
  • there are exceptional compassionate circumstances which would prevent you from meeting the requirement.

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7by7    6,398

Thongkorn, it is those applying for a visa as a spouse, fiancé or partner who have to meet this requirement, not children.

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fatpig    0

And rest assured that the CEF A1 level is this lowest possible level and is a walk in the park for anyone with even the most basic grasp of the language.

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Eff1n2ret    470

And rest assured that the CEF A1 level is this lowest possible level and is a walk in the park for anyone with even the most basic grasp of the language.

That implies that every Thai partner of a UK sponsor is likely to pass. Unfortunately, some do not, partly because whatever their competence in English (often barely a "basic grasp"), their background and education may not have equipped them to take a test. Also, some are not aided by their UK sponsors' habitual use of "Tinglish" to communicate with them. I would urge anyone faced with this hurdle to find out just what the test involves before they take it.

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fatpig    0

Just out of interest, you actually know what the competencies of an A1 level of English are ?

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Eff1n2ret    470

Just out of interest, you actually know what the competencies of an A1 level of English are ?

I have conducted several hundred English language tests in the last 7 months. My previous statement was based 100% in fact. It is doing sponsors and their partners a disservice to give them the impression that the so-called 'A1' test is a mere formality. For people who are not used to taking exams, it isn't. Whatever the range of their vocabulary, some thought is required to apply it, and a little homework will reap benefits.

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fatpig    0

Well, I have worked for Cambridge on and off for 18 years. I also have strong links with all the major examination boards such as C&G, Edexcel/Pearson, EDI etc and I was also instrumental in assisting the UKBA in putting together the initial list of providers some time ago.

And I can tell you, with absolute certainty, that an A1 level is largely achievable for even the most basic user.

Perhaps your own success rates add testament to this.

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fatpig    0
Whatever the range of their vocabulary, some thought is required to apply it

What does this mean?

Its not simply a test of high frequency lexicon, rather the carrier language is the main tested component.

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7by7    6,398

Anyone who goes into any test, no matter how easy a 'walk in the park' it may be, without any preparation is a fool.

That's just my opinion.

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