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SEW support


Notice of qualification withdrawal:

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

  • Final entries for SEW exams have now closed
  • The last date for exams is 30 November 2017
  • To allow time for re-sits or upheld appeals, the last date for producing certificates is 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.



This is where you can find resources including a Guide for Teachers, along, sample videos and exam performance descriptors for teachers and candidates. 


Guide for teachers

An essential Guide for Teachers (PDF, 691KB) and exam centres preparing students for all levels of SEW exams. This document should be used in conjunction with the SEW Specifications.


Performance descriptors

Performance descriptors help to explain the what the examiners are looking for when assessing the exam. They are to be used for the assessment of all phases of the exams at all levels. Results look-up tables show fail grade profiles for each SEW level.


SEW Revisions - summary of changes

Read a summary of the changes between pre-2013 SEW exams and current SEW exams valid from 2013.


Sample videos

The following resources are available to help both teachers and candidates plan and prepare for the exam.


Information leaflet

An A4 information leaflet summarising key features of the SEW exam.


Useful links


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