SELT FAQs

Contact the Trinity SELT office
Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm, Saturday: 9am - 4pm

Please confirm times with us in advance, including availability over public holidays. See also the Trinity SELT Facebook or Twitter page for service updates.

Trinity SELTS are Secure English Language Tests approved by the UK Visa and Immigration service (UKVI) for Leave to remain, British Citizenship, Work and Student Visas.

The Trinity exams offered for SELT purposes are:

  • Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE) - A1, A2 and B1 tests
  • Integrated Skills in English (ISE) - B1, B2 and C1 tests

The level and type of the exam you need to take is determined by the type of visa you require. Visit the Trinity UK visa test pages and follow the links for more information about each exam type.

Trinity’s SELT exams are available in:

  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Cardiff
  • Glasgow
  • Leeds
  • London Croydon
  • London Hammersmith
  • London Kings Cross
  • Manchester
  • Peterborough

Your ID must be valid on the date of the exam, and you must have it with you on the day of the exam. The following are the only ID types that can be used to book an exam:

ID type

Note

Passport

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European Union (EU) ID card

European Union ID cards will only be accepted for candidates whose country of origin is within the European Union (EU) which are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden. The EEA includes the EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Switzerland nationals have the same rights to live and work in the UK as other EEA nationals.

Biometric Residence Permit

Biometric Residence permits will only be accepted for tests taken by candidates who do not have a valid passport. For example, asylum seekers who have been awarded refugee status or leave to stay here under a form of temporary protection will not usually possess a national passport endorsed with leave to enter or remain in the UK.

Travel Document issued by the United Nations or the Red Cross

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Valid Vignette attached to an Immigration Status Document

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Valid Vignette attached to GV3 Document

 

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Trinity has a wide variety of resources available for each available SELT including sample papers, videos, self-study resources and publications.

  • Click on the 'Prepare for your exam' links on each SELT test page, or
  • Visit SELT Resources and follow the link to the test for which you are preparing

 

Trinity Listed SELT Course Providers offer preparation courses for your SELT. Visit this map to find a SELT course provider near you.

 

See the Results and certificates page for your test below for more information:

  • GESE certificates are usually sent within 7 days
  • ISE certificates are usually sent within 21 days

A Unique Reference Number (URN) is required for your visa application - you can find this number on your Trinity exam certificate. It looks like this example: TCL/123456/123456/123456789

Only enter letters and numbers on your application form. Do not enter the / divider marks. 

For enquiries about Trinity Secure English Language tests in SELT centres:

For general Trinity enquiries:

 

Passing a Trinity exam is a reliable predictor of language performance in the world outside the test. Trinity English tests are very good at promoting effective learning because they reflect the way English is used in real life outside of the exam room.

Our speaking exam is a one-to-one conversation with a Trinity examiner. The exam format enables a meaningful exchange of information, ideas and opinions with the examiner, instead of a formal ‘question and answer’ interview, so this helps you to feel confident and do your best. 

With Trinity you are supported all the way. Trinity SELTs and the test processes have to meet specific UKVI requirements and they must be ‘secure’ to make sure that the person taking the test is who they say they are and that people cannot cheat. This approach might seem very strict, but it is necessary and our SELT staff make every effort to help you navigate through the process with as much ease as is possible – from booking your exam online to taking your test on the day.

 

About Trinity College London
 
Trinity College London is a leading international exam board and independent education charity that has been providing assessments around the world since 1877. We specialise in the assessment of communicative and performance skills covering music, drama, combined arts and English language. With over 850,000 candidates a year in more than 60 countries worldwide, Trinity qualifications are specifically designed to help students progress.

Visit About us to find out more.

 

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