Trinity SELTS are Secure English Language Tests approved by the UK Visa and Immigration service (UKVI) for Leave to remain, British Citizenship, Work and Student visas.
The Trinity exams offered for SELT purposes are:
The level and type of the exam you need to take is determined by the type of visa you require. Visit the Trinity UK visa test pages and follow the links for more information about each exam type.
Trinity’s SELT exams are available in the following UK locations:
A short pilot took place, which has now ended, and this option is no longer available.
When you are going to take an exam at one of our Trinity SELT exam centres, we will provide a locker to keep your personal items in while you're taking the exam.
Remember, you cannot take bags, electronic devices (like phones, headphones or Bluetooth devices, smartwatches, etc), or any other personal items into the exam room. If you do not follow these instructions, it may lead to disqualification and you not being allowed to take another SELT exam with Trinity College London.
Your ID must be valid on the date of the exam, and you must have it with you on the day of the exam. Please see our Candidate Identification & Security Policy for Trinity SELTs for more information.
The following are the only ID types that can be used to book an exam:
Identity card of EEA nationals
The EEA includes the European Union (EU) countries and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. European Union countries are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden.
UK Biometric Residence Permit
Convention Travel Document
Stateless person's Travel Document
Trinity Approved Service Providers offer preparation courses for your SELT. Visit this map to find Approved Service Providers near you.
For GESE tests:
Your provisional result will be emailed to you by 9am the day after you take the test. Please see below for what a provisional result means. Once we have approved your result, within 4-7 days after your test date, you will receive another email to confirm your final result. After receiving your final result email, you will receive an email from ‘Trinity College London via Accredible’ within 24 hours with a link to access your digital certificate.
You can then use your UER number in your digital certificate to proceed with your UKVI application.
For ISE tests:
Within 21 days of taking your exam, you will be emailed your final result and your Diagnostic Report, containing your performance across all the skills tested in your exam. Upon receiving a passing grade, after receiving your final result email, you will receive a 2nd email within 24hrs from, 'Trinity College London via Accredible', with a link to access your digital certificate.
A provisional result is an unconfirmed result, and potentially subject to change, until approved by Trinity and confirmed as the final result.
All Trinity certificates are valid for life as evidence of the candidate’s 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.
A Unique Reference Number (URN) is required for your visa application - you can find this number on your Trinity exam certificate. It looks like this example: TCL/123456/123456/123456789
The Trinity GESE Study App is an on-the-go study tool for those preparing to take a Secure English Language Test. Created by English language experts it covers all areas of study required for the GESE Speaking and Listening test at Grade 2 (A1), Grade 3 (A2) or Grade 5 (B1).
The digital App can be accessed through an iPhone or Android mobile or tablet device and can be purchased at the time of booking a SELT exam or can be purchased separately by contacting our Customer Service team on 0333 358 3183.
When you book your test online, please select ‘Yes’ on the part of the form where it says ‘Special needs/requirements’ and enter any information about your needs/requirements. A Trinity SELT staff member will be in touch to discuss your needs and tell you how to apply for any arrangements.
Passing a Trinity exam is a reliable predictor of language performance in the world outside the test. Trinity English tests are very good at promoting effective learning because they reflect the way English is used in real life outside of the exam room.
Our speaking exam is a one-to-one conversation with a Trinity examiner. The exam format enables a meaningful exchange of information, ideas and opinions with the examiner, instead of a formal ‘question and answer’ interview, so this helps you to feel confident and do your best.
With Trinity you are supported all the way. Trinity SELTs and the test processes have to meet specific UKVI requirements and they must be ‘secure’ to make sure that the person taking the test is who they say they are and that people cannot cheat. This approach might seem very strict, but it is necessary and our SELT staff make every effort to help you navigate through the process with as much ease as is possible – from booking your exam online to taking your test on the day.
About Trinity College London
Trinity College London is a leading international exam board and independent education charity that has been providing assessments around the world since 1877. We specialise in the assessment of communicative and performance skills covering music, drama, combined arts and English language. With over 850,000 candidates a year in more than 60 countries worldwide, Trinity qualifications are specifically designed to help students progress.
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