SELT test centres and COVID-19 - what to expect

From Phil Bond, Director, SELT

Trinity College London is committed to ensuring that every candidate who comes to take their Secure English Language Test (SELT) does so in a safe and supportive environment. Over the last year we have worked hard to make sure that our test centres are Covid safe by following all government guidelines in relation to wearing masks, strict social distancing, and regular deep cleaning of all items in each centre. The safety of our candidates, examiners and staff has been at the heart of everything we do.

The UK government has announced that from 30 November 2021 some Covid-19 restrictions will be reimposed, which includes the mandatory wearing of face masks on public transport and in shops. Trinity SELT has maintained the operation of our SELT test centres under strict Covid secure measures and will continue to follow this under the latest government guidelines.

If you are concerned about any aspect of the exam experience please do contact our Customer Care team, who will do everything they can to support you.

We look forward to continuing to support your English language journey, as you navigate your next steps and move forward with your life here in the UK.

Phil Bond
Director, SELT

Exam delivery  

In response to the situation created by COVID-19, we introduced a way for you to take your English speaking and listening test safely in a Trinity SELT test centre. 

Exams are taken via one-to-one speaking and listening test with a Trinity examiner online via video conference at our UKVI-approved SELT test points. The exam length, content and skills assessed for Trinity’s GESE speaking and listening exams online remains the same.

We explain below 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)


What you can expect on the day

Because of Covid-19 we have made 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
  • Allowed access to the test centre only for candidates booked to take a test (there is no waiting room 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 keep both staff and candidates safe we have:

  • Introduced social distancing, with clear markings, within test points
  • 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
  • Encouraged 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 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.

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