Update on face-to-face assessments in the United Kingdom and Ireland


Trinity College London has taken a cautious approach to running face-to-face exams during the pandemic; the risks have been consistently high with the future uncertain and ever-changing.  We are delighted to once again be offering our full range of face-to-face assessments in the UK & Ireland, whilst continuing to ensure that the safety of teachers, candidates, centre staff and examiners remains our highest priority.  We will continue to monitor and assess this situation in line with latest government plans and guidance.

In light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic we introduced mitigations for all our centres to ensure the safety and wellbeing of candidates, examiners, moderators, invigilators and all exam centre attendees. If you are a private exam centre or Arts Award centre planning to hold a face-to-face or VC exam or moderation please read our Private Centre guidance prior to hosting an exam or moderation. If you have exams booked over the coming weeks or months and have any questions or concerns about these mitigations, please speak to your Trinity contact as soon as possible.

If you are a candidate at one of our Public Centres please read our Candidate Guidance prior to attending your exam.

As a reminder, our Digital Grades & Diplomas continue to be a permanent, on-demand offer, and we strongly encourage all candidates to prepare for and be ready to take a Digital Grade & Diploma exam in case the Covid-19 situation worsens and face-to-face exams are no longer safe to run. Please see our guidance on preparing for Digital Grades and Diplomas. We are delighted that so many candidates have successfully taken a digital exam since they launched in November 2020, and have now made this their assessment option of choice.

Alongside this, we also now offer Communications Skills exams by online delivery (solo) to Trinity registered private examination centres in the UK and Ireland. Click here for more information about the arrangements for online Communications Skills exams.

The option to run the Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE), the Integrated Skills in English (ISE) speaking and listening module, and the ESOL Skills for Life speaking and listening module over video conferencing remains an alternative delivery method for those registered exam centres providing English language exams in the UK and Ireland. This offers flexibility where there are concerns around implementing necessary mitigations.

The delivery of our SELT exams for the UKVI is classed as an essential service by the UK government and our UK SELT COVID-secure test points are open.

Last updated: 14 March 2023


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