SELT test centres and COVID-19 - what to expect

From Phil Bond, Director, SELT

Trinity College London is committed to ensuring that every candidate who comes to take their Secure English Language Test (SELT) does so in a safe and supportive environment. Over the last year we have worked hard to make sure that our test centres are Covid safe by following all government guidelines in relation to wearing masks, strict social distancing, and regular deep cleaning of all items in each centre. The safety of our candidates, examiners and staff has been at the heart of everything we do.

The UK government has announced that from 19 July 2021 all Covid-19 restrictions will be removed. We acknowledge that many people will be cautious about the lifting of restrictions, so Trinity SELT has decided to continue to operate our SELT test centres under the current guidelines to ensure the continued safety of everyone. All current measures will remain in place and we strongly encourage all candidates to continue to use masks within our centres.

If you are concerned about any aspect of the exam experience please do contact our Customer Care team, who will do everything they can to support you.

We look forward to continuing to support your English language journey, as you navigate your next steps and move forward with your life here in the UK.

Phil Bond
Director, SELT

Same exam, different delivery  

In response to the situation created by COVID-19, we have introduced a way for you to take your English speaking and listening test in a Trinity SELT test centre during this time of pandemic.

You will now take your one-to-one speaking and listening test with a Trinity examiner online via video conference at our UKVI-approved SELT test points. There is no change to the exam length, content and skills assessed for Trinity’s GESE speaking and listening exams online.

Some aspects of the exam day experience will necessarily differ from standard processes. We explain here what to expect and what we are asking you to do support the safeguarding measures we are putting in place. 

Exam preparation

You should prepare for your English language exam in the usual way. Check you are preparing for the right test at the right level here. Find additional Trinity resources from Trinity here. GESE and ISE level B1 candidates can download or copy a simple version of the standard Topic discussion form template to prepare and bring with them on exam day. 

GESE Grade 5 - Simple Topic form (SELT) 
ISE I - Simple Topic form (SELT)

Spaces are available 

There is currently availability across Trinity SELT test points 7 days a week depending on location, tests can be booked here at SELT Bookings.

Worried about Visa deadlines? 

Please email the UKVI:

What you can expect on the day

Because of the ongoing risks around Coronavirus (Covid-19), we will be making some changes to the way we deliver SELT tests. 

To increase safety, we are restricting the flow of people at our test points and we have:

  • Reduced the daily capacity
  • Added additional test dates to make up for the reduced daily capacity
  • Asked candidates to arrive strictly at the time stated in their confirmation email
  • Restricted access to only those candidates booked to take a test (this means there is no waiting in the communal areas for friends or family members)
  • All tests will continue to take place at UKVI approved Trinity SELT centres
  • One-to-one speaking and listening tests with Trinity examiners will be delivered remotely via video conference.

To prevent the potential spread of the virus we have:

  • Introduced social distancing, with clear markings, within test points
  • Provided clear signage and posters for guidance
  • Introduced a no hand shaking policy
  • Installed sneeze-guards at our registration desks
  • Provided hand sanitiser gel, antibacterial wipes and tissues
  • Introduced a regular cleaning and sanitisation schedule
  • Encouraged candidates to wear face masks inside test points

We have also introduced some new procedures:

  • Candidates or staff showing signs and symptoms of Coronavirus (Covid-19) will not be allowed into the test point and must follow the Government advice.
  • Any candidates unable to attend a Trinity SELT test due to risk of Coronavirus will be offered a free rescheduled booking or a refund by calling 0333 358 3183 or emailing
  • Candidates or staff who have been in contact with someone who may have contracted Coronavirus must follow Government advice before attending the test point
  • We reserve the right not to allow anyone into a Trinity test point who is displaying any symptoms of the virus, including:
    • fever
    • cough
    • shortness of breath
    • muscle aches

All practices and procedures are subject to change and we will be constantly monitoring the situation in line with official guidance and best practice.

Thank you once again for your patience and understanding.

Additional measures in place at Trinity SELT centres

Daniel Egan, centre manager at our London West – Hammersmith location, gives an inside view of what to expect on a visit to a Trinity SELT centre.

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