B1 SELT - GESE Grade 5 - English Test for British Citizenship

You must pass a Secure English Language Test (SELT) in at least CEFR level B1 in Speaking and Listening for:

  • Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR)
  • Settlement/Permanent Residency
  • British Citizenship (Naturalisation)

Book your GESE Grade 5 test

GESE Grade 5 = B1 test

  • 10 minute speaking and listening test
  • Provisional result emailed by 9am the day after the test
  • Certificate usually sent within 7 days
  • Speaking & Listening only

Prepare for your B1 English test

One-to-one speaking and listening tests with Trinity examiners will be delivered remotely via video conference on a Trinity tablet device which will be set up by your personal steward. All tests will continue to take place at UKVI approved Trinity SELT centres.

The exam is 10 minutes long. There are two parts:

  • Topic: You choose a topic to prepare in advance of the test, for discussion with the examiner.  
  • Conversation: You have a short conversation with the examiner about two subject areas chosen by the examiner.

You also need to take a ‘Life in the UK’ Test as part of your application. This is not a Trinity test. Visit the government Home Office website for more information about the Life In The UK

Visit Prepare for your test below to find candidate guidance and preparation activities to help you understand and practise for your exam.

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Take with you to the test

  • You must take proof of identity (ID) to the SELT test centre. Please read Trinity's SELT Centre Candidate ID policy.
  • Remember to download and complete a Topic Form to take to the exam for discussion with the examiner.

Book your GESE Grade 5 test

Further information

What do CEFR, SELT and GESE mean?

  • CEFR = Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • SELT = Secure English Language Test
  • GESE = Graded Examinations in Spoken English

“I just finished my B1 test today. I highly recommend Trinity! As soon as you enter their premises the staff are very friendly and well-organised. The examiner made me feel so at ease when talking to her. Everything went smoothly.”

Jocelyn Wood, GESE Grade 5
Trinity SELT Leeds

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