Skills for English: SELT Practice/Preparation

NEW - Test Taker Guides

Download our new Skills for English test taker guides for levels B1 and B2.

  • Tips and advice
  • Information about the test structure
  • Links to free language learning courses
  • Links to free practice tests for Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing

Find your level

Even with a high first-time pass rate, Skills for English test takers will always see better outcomes when they are well prepared. Follow the steps and take advantage of the materials to prepare for your test.

Once you know which Skills for English test you need to take for your required visa, use these tools to find out your current ability level.

Our ‘Find your CEFR level’ indicator tests will give you a chance to compare your English Language abilities with the Skills for English and CEFR levels, helping you to plan your study ahead of your test. We recommend you also use the free preparation and practice resources.

These short tests have questions on vocabulary, grammar and the way English is used. They do NOT test your listening, speaking or writing skills.

The results of these tests give you an indication or an idea of your CEFR level. These tests should NOT be used as the only tool to help you decide your CEFR level.

There are 6 tests, one at each of the CEFR levels, A1, A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2. Each test has 10 questions.

PROFICIENT USER

C2

Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.

C1

Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.

INDEPENDENT USER

B2

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various options.

B1

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.

BASIC USER

A2

Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.

A1

Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

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Improve your Knowledge

SQA Academy

Visit our partner site to access learning content and formative tests specifically designed for Skills for English: SELT, that will support you with your preparation (please note you will have to create an SQA Academy account).

Skills for English UKVI A1 Learning Materials

This section contains 30 tasks aimed at improving your English language skills at a A1 level. You will have the chance to practise your grammar and spelling as well as your listening and speaking skills. The topics covered in these tasks are similar to those found in Skills for English tests. There is no time limit to complete these exercises and the section can be re-taken as often as you like.

Skills for English UKVI A2 Learning Materials

This section contains 30 tasks aimed at improving your English language skills at a A2 level. You will have the chance to practise your grammar and spelling as well as your listening and speaking skills. The topics covered in these tasks are similar to those found in Skills for English exams tests. There is no time limit to complete these exercises and the section can be re-taken as often as you like.

Skills for English UKVI B1 Learning Materials

This section contains 30 tasks aimed at improving your English language skills at a B1 level. You will have the chance to practise your grammar and spelling as well as your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. The topics covered in these tasks are similar to those found in Skills for English exams tests. There is no time limit to complete these exercises and the section can be re-taken as often as you like.

Skills for English UKVI B2 Learning Materials

This section contains 30 tasks aimed at improving your English language skills at a B2 level. You will have the chance to practise your grammar and spelling as well as your reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. The topics covered in these tasks are similar to those found in Skills for English exams tests. There is no time limit to complete these exercises and the section can be re-taken as often as you like.

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Voxy

If you are in India, you can choose to prepare for your Skills for English test with Voxy.

Voxy is an innovative online training solution that has been used successfully by millions of people around the world to quickly and effectively improve their English skills. Our AI-driven platform, accessible 24/7 both on desktop and any mobile device, allows each learner to follow a fully personalized and highly engaging English learning experience designed to deliver real-world outcomes, whether that be landing a new job or starting a postgraduate degree. 

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Free Practice Tests

When you feel you are almost fully prepared for your Skills for English: SELT, you can take specimen tests that mirror exactly the kind of test you will get on test day at the PSI Authorised Test Centre.

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Global ELT Skills for English Online Practice Tests

Our publishing partner Global ELT are now offering online practice tests for Skills for English on their Learning platform at levels A1-B2.

 
Global ELT Skills for English Practice Test Books

You can also purchase printed practice test books in from Global ELT covering levels A1-C1 and available in Self Study, Student versions and an overprinted answers version for tutors.  

See the whole range: www.globalelt.co.uk/books/elt-exams/skills-for-english-exams

 
 

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