SELT test centres and COVID-19 - what to expect

From the 1 June, UKVI began a phased resumption of services. Trinity Secure English Language Testing (SELT) restarted across our England test points on the 8 June and will resume at our Scotland and Wales test points on Tuesday 23 June. Testing will restart in Northern Ireland on 16 July. Everyone here at Trinity SELT would like to thank you for your understanding and patience over the past weeks. We are committed to providing you with the safest test experience possible.

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. Find additional Trinity resources from Trinity here. GESE and ISE level B1 candidates should download a simple version of the standard Topic discussion form to prepare and bring with them on exam day. 

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

Results and certificates

As we will not be able to give out your provisional results on the day, candidates will need to log into our new online portal at trinitycollege.com/SELT-results to see their provisional results.

Certificates for these UKVI-accepted qualification certificates will be posted according to our standard timeline, which is usually within 7 days and 12 days for ISE exams. 

If your booked test is currently on hold

Customers who have booked a test that is currently on hold will be contacted by email with a new test date.

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: CIH@homeoffice.gov.uk

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 Trinity 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
  • Permitted the use of face masks (to be removed for security checks only)

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 selt@trinitycollege.co.uk
  • 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.

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