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Skills for English: SELT English test approved for UK Visa and Immigration

Choose Skills for English: SELT to prove your English language ability for UK visas

Skills for English: SELT is a UKVI-approved Secure English Language Test (SELT) for visa and immigration applications. You can take the test in one of our Home Office-approved test centres in over 130 countries outside of the UK.

You can also use this test for UKVI applications made in the UK, if your test was taken outside the UK.

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Approved for UKVI - One of only 4 SELT tests that can be taken at our Home Office approved test centres in over 130 countries
Test levels matched exactly to the CEFR level required by your institution
A one-session test that is entirely computer-based with no examiner/assessor present
CEFR level finder, preparation materials and practice tests available to help you get ready for test day
Tests are scored quickly, with results available in as little as 3 to 5 days.

Find the right SELT for you

Depending upon whether you want to work, study or settle in the UK, you will need a SELT test at a different level.

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Skills for English: SELT provides an accurate measure of language proficiency through practical and realistic tasks which you would expect to undertake in an English-speaking environment.

You get to choose the test level you require, from beginner to proficiency, for either two skills, speaking and listening, or four skills, speaking, listening, reading and writing. That way you know you are preparing for, and taking, precisely the level of test you need for your chosen purpose – no more, no less.

* Please note that whilst a Skills for English: SELT is valid for any visa or immigration application where evidence of English Language proficiency is required, some types of application in the categories marked with a * may only be made from within the UK. Please check the residency requirements for your specific visa type by visiting