ESOL Skills for Life Reading and Writing


The information below relates to Trinity’s ESOL Skills for Life reading and writing exams undertaken at registered exam centres.

It is designed for centre representatives, exam co-ordinators, administrators, supervisors, invigilators, stewards and teachers who would like to find out more about:


Running an exam session

Best practice guidance for centres

The ESOL Skills for Life Centre Best Practice Guidebook provides all the information needed to administer and run Skills for Life and Step 1 and Step 2 exams.

Download the guide

Exam room set-up

Ensure your exam room set-up adheres to our guidelines.

Policies and procedures

Before the exam, centres should ensure that all candidates are aware of Trinity’s Candidate Identity (ID) Policy.

For all exams, candidates must be made aware of the Notice to Candidates for Reading and Writing.

As a registered exam centre, you should ensure that all staff involved in the preparation and conduct of UK ESOL exams are completely familiar with, and ensure your centre complies with, Trinity policies and procedures. These policies and procedures are outlined in the following documents and on our website:


Booking an exam session

Reading and Writing exams

View exam dates

Step-by-step guidance on using Trinity Online to book your exam sessions can be found on our Portal Help page.

When booking, please specify the date, the level to be taken, and the time of exams.

Booking deadlines

All Trinity exams have closing dates by which all entries and payments must be made. Details of booking deadlines in the UK and Ireland can be found in the table below:


Booking deadline

Speaking and Listening

21 days before the exam date


21 days before the exam date


21 days before the exam date

Exam fees

Exam fees must be paid in full on or before the closing date. Surcharges will apply for late session bookings and late candidate entries.

Special needs provision

For candidates who require any adjustments to their exam or would simply like to make the examiner aware of a disability or health condition, please complete the form available on our Special Needs Provision page for English language exams and send it to Trinity at the same time of exam entry, along with appropriate supporting evidence, if required, at least 28 days before the exam. 

Booking re-sits

Once results have been issued re-sits can be booked immediately for the next available session subject to the usual booking notice.


Results and certificates

You will usually receive results and certificates in the following timeframes:




Speaking and Listening

2 - 4 weeks

4 weeks


4 weeks

6 weeks


4 weeks

6 weeks

Understanding results

Learn more about ESOL Skills for Life results and certificates.

Enquiries about results

See the dedicated section of the website to find out more about Trinity's results review service, re-marks and appeals.


Additional information

Please familarise yourself with our additional considerations for centre representatives in light of COVID-19 and other respiratory infections and contagious illnesses

For administration and general support for Trinity’s ESOL Skills for Life exams in the UK, please contact your named Trinity coordinator who is your primary point of contact for exam arrangements.

Please also see our frequently asked questions.

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