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

  • Tier 2 (General) visa
  • Tier 4 (General) Student visa (although UKVI requires a B1 test, some institutions require B2 — please check with your sponsor)

Trinity’s ISE I exam = CEFR B1.


  • Test of 4 skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening
  • Test taken in 1 day
  • Certificate usually sent within 21 days 

Prepare for your test

There are two ISE I exam modules - Reading & Writing and Speaking & Listening.

  • The Reading & Writing part of the test is 2 hours long
  • The Speaking & Listening part of the test is 18 minutes long

For a Secure English Language Test (SELT), both modules are taken on the same day at a UK Trinity SELT Centre. Candidates must pass both modules for an ISE I (B1) qualification.

Visit Prepare for your ISE I test to find guidance and preparation activities to help you understand and practise for both modules.

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Computer-based test option

Candidates take the Reading & Writing part of ISE I (B1) on a computer at Hammersmith - London West. Find out more.

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.

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Further information

What do CEFR, SELT and GESE mean?

  • CEFR = Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
  • SELT = Secure English Language Test
  • ISE = Integrated Skills in English

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