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Trinity SELT exams

What is a SELT?
Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) assess English Language ability and are taken under specific secure conditions. Trinity SELTs are approved by UKVI, part of the Home Office, for Leave to Remain, British Citizenship (Naturalisation) and Tier 1, 2 and 4 visa categories where evidence of English language ability is a requirement.

What are the recent changes?
Following a procurement exercise by the UK Government, Trinity is one of only two providers that have been approved to provide Secure English Language Tests for UKVI. This change took effect on 6 April 2015.

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 for more information.

Where can I find more details about the Trinity SELT GESE and Trinity SELT ISE?
More information can be found about the individual examinations via the Trinity UK visa test pages. Everyone who is required to take a four skills test will need to take Trinity SELT ISE based on the revised ISE exams published in February 2015.

How can I prepare for my exam?
For each type of visa application you need to take a specific test. Follow the links on this page for your test, and then choose ‘Prepare for your exam’.

Taking a Trinity SELT exam

Where can I take a Trinity SELT exam?
Trinity’s SELT exams are available at test centres across the UK. These are located in London Croydon, London Holborn, London Hammersmith, Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Peterborough.

Where can I book a Trinity SELT exam?
How can I prepare for my SELT?
Trinity has a wide variety of resources available for each available SELT including sample papers, videos, self-study resources and publications.

Visit our resources page and follow the link for the SELT you are preparing for.

Trinity also has Listed SELT Course Providers that offer preparation courses for your SELT. Please visit our map to find a Listed SELT Course Providers near you. 
What ID do I need to book a Trinity SELT exam?
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 -


Trinity SELT exam results

I have a valid test result from Trinity. Can I continue to use this as evidence for my visa application?
Tests taken on or before 5 April 2015 can be used for applications to UKVI only until 5 November 2015.

I am applying to UKVI and require my SELT Unique Reference Number. Where can I find this information? 
  • If you took the exam before 6 April 2015 you will not have a SELT Unique Electronic Reference number. You will have an award reference number on your certificate instead and we would strongly recommend contacting the UKVI to check if your certificate can still be used for Home Office purposes. For example: 1-49961234567
  • If you took the exam between 6 April and 17 August 2015 you will find the reference number in the emails you received from Trinity. For example: TCL/123456/123456/123456789
  • If you took the exam after 18 August 2015 you will find the reference number on your certificate. For example: TCL/123456/123456/123456789

All reference numbers shown above are for example purposes only. Please note: do not put / in the spaces provided on the application form.

About Trinity

Why choose Trinity?
We test English by using tasks that reflect real life and our qualifications are reliable evidence of language proficiency. Our speaking exam is a one-to-one conversation with an expert speaker of English and a meaningful exchange of information, ideas and opinions, rather than a formal ‘question and answer’ interview, so you can feel confident and do your best.

What is Trinity College London?
Trinity College London is a registered charity and international exam board that has been testing English language for over 75 years. With a rich heritage of academic rigour and a positive, supportive approach to assessment, Trinity provides recognised and respected qualifications across a unique spectrum of learning areas including English language, music, rock & pop, communication skills, drama and arts activities. Visit About Trinity to find out more.

Further information

What are the contact details for Trinity SELT exams?
Please telephone 0333 358 3183 or email selt@trinitycollege.co.uk

What are the contact details for a general Trinity enquiry?
Please visit Contact us.

Changes to information on this page

19 November 2015 The A2 ISE test previously offered by Trinity is no longer listed here. This is due to a change in requirements for the Sportsperson visa, which previously required this level. The Trinity exam for this application has consequently changed from a four skills to a two skills (speaking and listening) A1 test - ie GESE Grade 2.
14 March 2016 Details added for Further Leave to Remain (extension visa) and the associated A2 test (GESE Grade 3).
12 July 2016 Details of candidate ID information required when booking added.

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