UK Visa, Settlement or Citizenship Exam: How to book and how to prepare for your English language exam

UK Visa, Settlement or Citizenship Exam: How to book and how to prepare for your English language exam

If you need to apply for a UK visa, a visa extension, Settlement, Leave to Remain or British Citizenship, you may need to sit and pass a Secure English language test (SELT) as part of your visa application.  As well as it being a requirement of the visa and immigration process, being able to communicate int English is an important step towards being able to happily and successfully live, work or study in the UK.  

Taking an exam in a foreign language can sometimes be an unsettling experience, but Trinity College London is here to ensure that everyone who needs it have the help and support they need to book, prepare and practise for their exam.  Trinity College London is an Awarding Organisation specialising in performance and communicative skills assessment and certification and since 2011 have been recognised by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as an approved SELT provider in the UK.

They provide a flexible and personalised way to take Home Office approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT) for UKVI at centres across the UK, 7 days a week. They know that everyone’s UK visa journey is different which is why their test is designed to fit your specific needs. Their specially trained team are on hand at every step to put you at ease and answer any questions quickly and clearly so that you can feel supported and confident enough to deliver your best performance.

Trinity College London is here to help.

How can you prepare for your SELT exam?

  1. Identify which Graded Examination in Spoken English (GESE) or Integrated Examination in Spoken English (ISE) exam you need.

You will need to sit the right English language exam for the visa you are applying for. Full details about the English requirements for each visa type can be found on the Trinity College London website

  1. Enrol for an exam

When you know which exam you need to sit you can book your Trinity SELT online. You can choose the city, date and time which suits you. Book your test online.

  1. Begin to prepare

All Trinity SELT exams take place in a test centre with an examiner and replicate a normal everyday conversation. For our GESE Grade 5 (B1) exam you also prepare a topic of your choice to have a conversation with the examiner about.

There are handy videos that show what the exam is like, so you know exactly what to expect on the day. Watch SELT videos.  

  1. Practise, practise, practise

The best way to help you prepare is to practise; watch TV, listen to the radio, read newspapers and speak to those round you in English. Trinity SELT has many resources on their website which can help you prepare – resource materials,  or if you want to study on the go the Trinity GESE study app can be purchased to help you learn and track your progress.  

  1. Plan your route

Lastly, make sure you know where your exam centre is, the best way for you to travel to it and how long it takes to get there so that you arrive at the exam centre on time ready to give your best performance. Find the location of all Trinity SELT centres.

Where and how do I book an exam?

Trinity College London SELT exams are taken at one of our 20 UK SELT test centres. Tests can be booked 24 hours in advance and with tests taking place seven days a week you can visit our booking website to find a date and location that fits your schedule.

You will receive your provisional GESE result by 9am the day after your exam and your certificate will be sent within 4 – 7 days.


Should you have any queries before or after your exam our Customer Service team are available 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 8.00am – 5.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Trinity SELT helping you to live, work and study in the UK!

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