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Spoken English for Work (SEW)


Notice of qualification withdrawal:

Trinity College London will cease to offer Spoken English for Work (SEW) qualifications from 2017.

  • Final entries for SEW exams must be made by 1 November 2017
  • The final date for exam sessions is 30 November 2017
  • To allow time for re-sits or appeals the certification end date will be 28 February 2018

Please talk to your Trinity representative about alternative Trinity qualifications which may be appropriate for your candidates.

Note: Trinity Spoken English for Work (SEW) certificates are valid for life and provide reliable evidence of English language proficiency achieved.


Preparing learners for the real world of work

The Spoken English for Work (SEW) exam is a unique assessment of spoken English communication in a work context. Through a series of interactive tasks, SEW tests assess a full range of practical speaking and listening skills that are required in the world of work on a day-to-day basis.

SEW prepares candidates for real-life working situations by providing valuable practice and assessment in telephone conversations, formal and informal presentations - along with the opportunity to discuss real work issues in an English-speaking context.

SEW provides a measure of linguistic competence from intermediate to advanced levels - from B1 to C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (2001).

SEW is offered at four levels:

  • SEW B1
  • SEW B2
  • SEW B2+
  • SEW C1

At each proficiency level the exam contains 3 types of tasks:

This SEW factsheet provides a brief overview. Full details are contained in the SEW Specifications document.

To find out what the exams are like watch example videos of SEW exams at levels B1, B2, B2+ and C1. 

Exam fees and dates

For information about exam fees and local availability, please contact your local Trinity office

Results and certificates

Certificates are usually despatched within 4-6 weeks of the exam after results have been approved. 

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