Higher Education system in the United Kingdom

The Secure English Language Test (SELT) is a test approved by UK Visas and Immigration for Leave to Remain, British Citizen and Tier 1, 2 and 4 visa applications. The SELT can be taken at Trinity College London. There are two main types of SELT available.

What are the different types of SELT?

—Graded Examinations in Spoken English

The Trinity Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE) exam tests the English speaking and listening skills of people whose first language is not English. The test focuses on building motivation and confidence in using English in daily life and also allows students to chart their progress from beginners to proficiency.

The exams take the form of an unscripted conversation with an examiner, covering a range of topics and tasks. The tests are designed for people over 5 years and are inclusive and relevant to every learner.

The GESE Exam information booklet sets out the content and format of the exams, and contains guidance notes for teachers and the exam rules and regulations. GESE exams are available in many countries and can be taken throughout the year at Trinity exam centres.

—Integrated Skills in English

Integrated Skills in English (ISE) is a four skills qualification intended for young people and adults – typically at school, college or university. It is also suitable for teachers who require a respected English language qualification. 

ISE assesses students’ ability to interact in English in an authentic and meaningful way through the use of integrated reading and writing tasks and integrated speaking and listening tasks. Preparing for ISE builds real-life English skills and transferable skills required for academic study and employability.


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