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You must pass a Secure English Language Test (SELT) at least CEFR level B1 in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening for a:

  • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa 
  • Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa
  • Tier 2 (General) visa
  • Tier 4 (General) Student visa (although UKVI requires a B1 test, some institutions require B2 — please check with your sponsor)

Trinity’s ISE I exam = CEFR B1.


  • Test of 4 skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening
  • Can be taken in 1 day
  • Certificate usually received within 15 working days 


Book your exam

You must take exams for visas at a SELT centre.

Find a centre Book ISE I Prepare for your test


Prepare for your exam

Visit ISE I Teaching and learning support resources to find guidance and preparation activities to help you understand and practise for this exam.


Take with you to the exam

  • You must take proof of identity (ID) to the SELT test centre. Please read Trinity’s SELT Centre Candidate ID policy
  • Remember to download and complete a Topic Form to take to the exam for discussion with the examiner.


Results and certificates

When you get your results for ISE, you receive:

  • a certificate if you passed both parts of the exam
  • a diagnostic report for each skill showing how you performed in the exam 

Candidates who pass both parts of their ISE SELT test usually receive their certificate within 15 days.


Visit our Understanding your ISE results page for:

  • Information if you pass or fail
  • Understanding your diagnostic report
  • ISE scoring information
  • How to improve your skills if you have failed


What do CEFR, SELT and ISE mean?

  • CEFR = Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • SELT = Secure English Language Test
  • ISE = Integrated Skills in English

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