English Language Test Preparation

General Information

For certain visa applications, applicants must demonstrate a certain level of English language ability. This can be through passing a test with a Home Office approved Secure English Language Testing (SELT) providers. The list of the SELT providers are here.

You will need to appear for English test if you are applying in one of the following routes:

  • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)
  • Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)
  • Tier 2 (General)
  • Tier 2 (Minister of Religion)
  • Tier 2 (Sportsperson)
  • Tier 4 (General)
  • A representative of an overseas business
  • Partner, Parent, Settlement, Citizenship etc
  • Start-up and Innovator visa

 

I can help you to prepare for your English language test. If you need to appear for the test for your Settlement or Citizenship application, book one to one session with me. I will prepare you with lots of sample test paper, give practices in the examination environment and will ensure that you pass the real test.

Different Types of English Test

From 6th April 2015, you can only take a SELT test with the Trinity College London (the UK only) and IELTS SELT Consortium (the UK or overseas). The approved Trinity College London tests are:

Integrated Skills in English (ISE). This test will assess your reading, writing, speaking and listening abilities.

Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE). This test will assess your speaking and listening abilities only

The IELTS SELT Consortium tests are:

IELTS for UKVI ·It will assess all four requirements ( speaking, reading, writing and listening)

Life Skills will assess only speaking and listening abilities.

Which test you should take?

if you are applying in one of the following routes, you will need to sit a test that assesses all four abilities ( IELTS for UKVI or ISE): ·

  • Tier 1 (Entrepreneur)
  • · Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur)
  • · Tier 2 (General)
  • · Tier 2 (Minister of Religion)
  • · Tier 4 (General)

You will need to sit a test that assesses just your speaking and listening abilities if you are applying in one of the following routes:

  • Tier 2 (Sportsperson)
  • A representative of an overseas business
  • Partner
  • Parent
  • Settlement
  • Citizenship

CEFR Levels

The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEF or CEFR) was put together by the Council of Europe as a way of standardising the levels of language exams in different regions. It is very widely used internationally and all important exams are mapped to the CEFR.

There are six levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2.  Based on your application type, you have to select your SELT test level.Say for ILR, you will need to select SELT for UKVI ( Trinity) at B1 level

A1 level is the English test for the visa applications of Family route, Spouse/partner and Parent of a dependant. Here speaking and listening ability is assessed. In the A1 test, the basic ability to communicate and exchange information in a simple way is judged. Example: CAN ask simple questions about a menu and understand simple answers.

A2  level is for the Family route (extension) of Spouse/partner and Parent of a dependant. It is also speaking and listening only. At A2, the examiner will look for the ability to deal with simple, straightforward information and begin to express oneself in familiar contexts.
Example: CAN take part in a routine conversation on simple predictable topics.

B1 level is for Indefinite Leave to Remain (to settle) or citizenship. It will assess speaking and listening only. This level looks for the ability to express oneself in a limited way in familiar situations and to deal in a general way with non-routine information.
Example: CAN ask to open an account at a bank, provided that the procedure is straightforward.

B2 is for the startup and innovators.

Process for taking a SELT

You can only take a SELT test offered by either  Trinity College London (the UK only) or  IELTS SELT Consortium (the UK or overseas). You will need to book your test using the relevant online booking system. The details used to book your test must be as stated on your passport or other the identity document. On the day of the test, you will need to take the document you used when booking the test. The test centre will check this and record your identity. If you can’t pass the identity checks you will not be able to take a test that day. If you pass the test you will be provided with a unique reference number which you must use in your UK immigration application.

You should take care when booking your test to ensure that the test that you book is the one approved for SELT. For IELTS, ensure that you choose ‘IELTS for UKVI’ rather than only ‘IELTS’. For Trinity, ensure that you choose ‘Secure English Language Tests for UKVI’.

Identification Documents

The only acceptable forms of identification for UK centres are:

  • A valid passport or travel document
  • A valid EU Identity Card
  • A valid Bio-metric Residence Permit

A driving license is not acceptable as an Identification document

The documents must be originals and include a photograph.

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