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Secure English Language Tests (SELTs)

Introduction

SELTs are taken by people who need to demonstrate their English language proficiency for the purpose of obtaining British Citizenship,
Settlement or a visa for work or study.

SELTs offered as below:

  • GESE: Graded Examinations in Spoken English — a 6 minute (A1), 7 minute (A2) or 10 minute (B1) one-to-one conversation with a Trinity examiner
  • ISE: Integrated Skills in English — a contemporary four-skills qualification widely recognised by UK universities (B1–C1)

ID requirements

SELT candidates are required to show one of the following forms of identification on the day of the test:

  • a valid original passport
  • a valid original biometric residence permit
  • a valid original European Union identity card
  • a valid original travel document issued by the United Nations or the Red Cross
  • a valid vignette attached to an immigration status document
  • a valid vignette attached to a GV3 document

Citizenship, Settlement, and Further Leave to Remain visa applications — GESE: Graded Examinations in Spoken English (A1–B1)

Anyone applying to UKVI in the following categories must have taken their speaking and listening English language test (B1) at
a SELT centre:

  • British Citizenship (Naturalisation)
  • Indefinite Leave to Remain — ILR (Settlement/Permanent Residency)

In addition, anyone applying to UKVI in the categories below must take their speaking and listening English language test (A1) at
a SELT centre.

  • Further Leave to Remain:

— Family life as a partner of a settled person (Spouse/Partner)
— Family life as a parent (Parent of a Dependant)

  • Tier 2 (Sportsperson)

People extending their Further Leave to Remain visa after two-and-a-half years in the UK now need to take a speaking and listening English language test (A2) at a SELT centre.

Which exam do I need?

GESE and ISE exams are available for the following UK visa categories. Click on the exam link shown for more information, guidance and preparation materials.

  • Note: UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) requires non-EEA nationals to pass a Secure English Language Test (SELT) in speaking and listening at level A2 after 2.5 years in the UK, in order to qualify for further leave to remain on the five-year partner or parent route to settlement.

Application typeCEFR* level requiredSkills requiredExam
Further Leave to Remain:

Family life as a partner of a settled person (Spouse/Partner)
Family life as a parent (Parent of a dependant)
This is the current A1 English language requirement
A1Speaking and listeningGESE
Grade 2
Representative of an Overseas Business visaA1Speaking and listeningGESE
Grade 2
Further Leave to Remain (visa extension):

Family life as a partner of a settled person (Spouse/Partner)
Family life as a parent (Parent of a dependant)
An A2 English language SELT is required for family route Leave to Remain applications after 2.5 years in the UK.
A2Speaking and listeningGESE
Grade 3
Indefinite Leave to Remain — ILR
(Settlement/Permanent Residency)
B1Speaking and listeningGESE
Grade 5
British Citizenship (Naturalisation)B1Speaking and listeningISE I
Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visaB1Reading, writing,
speaking and listening
ISE I
Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visaB1Reading, writing,
speaking and listening
ISE I
Tier 2 (General) visaB1Reading, writing,
speaking and listening
ISE I
Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visaB2Reading, writing,
speaking and listening
ISE II
Tier 2 (Sportsperson) visaA1Speaking and listeningGESE
Grade 2
Tier 4 (General) Student visa — below degree level

Although UKVI requires a B1 test, some institutions require B2 — please check with your sponsor
B1
B2
Reading, writing,
speaking and listening
ISE I
ISE II
Tier 4 (General) Student visa — degree level and above

Although UKVI requires a B2 test, some institutions require C1 — please check with your sponsor
B2
C1
Reading, writing,
speaking and listening
ISE II
ISE III

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