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Trinity SELT exams

What is a SELT?
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. 

Which SELT exam do I need to take?
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.


Taking a Trinity SELT exam

Where can I take a Trinity SELT?

Trinity’s SELT exams are available in:
  • London Croydon
  • London Hammersmith
  • London Kings Cross
  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Cardiff
  • Glasgow
  • Leeds
  • Manchester
  • Peterborough

How can I book a Trinity SELT?
What type of personal ID is required?
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


Passport -
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 -
Valid Vignette attached to an Immigration Status Document -
Valid Vignette attached to GV3 Document -


Preparing for Trinity SELT exams

Where can I find example videos and practice activities?
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 exam page, or
  • Visit the SELT Resources and follow the link for the SELT you are preparing for. 
Where can I find a SELT course provider?
Trinity Listed SELT Course Providers offer preparation courses for your SELT. Visit this map to find a SELT course provider near you. 

Results and certificates

How can I understand my results?
When do you send me my SELT certificate?
  • GESE certificates - usually sent within 7 days
  • ISE certificates - usually sent within 21 days

What is a Unique Reference Number (URN)
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. 

Why choose Trinity?

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 Trinity to find out more.

Contact information

For Trinity Secure English Language tests in SELT centres 
Telephone 0333 358 3183 or email selt@trinitycollege.co.uk 

For general Trinity enquiries visit Contact us

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