SELT test centres and COVID-19 - what to expect

Trinity Secure English Language Testing (SELT) is available across the United Kingdom and we are committed to providing you with the safest test experience possible.

Candidates are asked to wear face masks. To comply with government guidelines you will be required to wear a facial covering inside the Trinity test building. If you arrive without a face mask one will be provided free of charge.

We will require you to briefly take off your mask at the registration desk to allow us to confirm your identity. You will not be required to wear your mask during your online speaking and listening exam.

We thank you in advance as we all work together to create the safest possible environment. 

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)

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.


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
  • Asked 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.

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