A1 English test (GESE Grade 2)

A1 English test (GESE Grade 2

The Trinity A1 GESE Grade 2 exam is a 6-minute speaking and listening test that can be taken at an approved Trinity SELT centre. The test is used to prove your level of English language proficiency and is required when applying for:

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What is an A1 English test?

An A1 English language test is a type of Secure English Language Test (SELT) that is needed for a Family partner or Family parent visa.

A1 part refers to the level of English you have, as defined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). The CEFR guidelines say that someone at the A1 level in English can:

  • Understand everyday expression 
  • Introduce themselves and answer questions about their lives 
  • Communicate with others in simple phases 

What are A1 English tests used for?

A1 English tests are used to assess the level of English proficiency a person has. The level of English language ability needed for a Visa application can vary depending on the immigration route. English language test results are needed for the application process for a number of visas so to find out which level you need, it's best to check the UK Government website.    

You will have to pass an A1 English language test if you are applying for:

How can I prepare for an A1 English test?

The A1 GESE Grade 2 is a one-to-one speaking and listening test. If you choose to take your exam in a Trinity SELT centre it will take place on a Trinity tablet device which will be set up by your personal steward. These are delivered with Trinity examiners remotely via video conference. 

The exam is 6 minutes long and you will have a conversation with the examiner. 

To help you prepare for your A1 - GESE Grade2 Trinity have a variety of preparation material for you to choose from.

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What do you need to take to a SELT test?

If your exam is at a Trinity centre you MUST do the following in order to take your SELT test:

Why choose Trinity for your A1 exam?

Real-life accredited examiners

Trinity College London uses human examiners to run SELT tests. This allows for more flexibility than computer-adapted tests do.


Convenient locations

With over 20 SELT test centres across the UK, Trinity offers tests seven days a week. You can choose from 100's of slots based on the date, time, and location that works best for you.

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Fast indication of result

Provisional GESE results are emailed by 9am the day after the exam, a link to access your digital certificate is emailed within 4-7 days after the exam date.

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Trinity Exam protect

For just £30 (on top of your exam fee), Exam Protect will allow you to:

  • Book one retake
  • Reschedule your test once

Available to buy up to 24 hours before your test time.

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“I had a very good experience. The staff were so helpful, nice and made me feel comfortable.”

Isatou Joof Conteh, GESE Grade 2
Trinity SELT Birmingham

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A1 GESE Grade 2 frequently asked questions

Your A1 English test can be completed at one of the Trinity test centres.

​​All Trinity certificates are valid for life to be used as evidence of your achievement and performance in a Trinity exam. However, where certificates are used for UK visa or immigration purposes, Trinity has recommended to the UK Home Office that, for security reasons, only certificates less than two years old should be accepted.

All Trinity SELT GESE exams cost £150.

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