SELT for UK visas
Your simple, quick and affordable English language qualification for UK visas
Find out about the SELT
Fast-track your English
A UKVI-approved test
Skills for English (UKVI) is a Secure English Language Test (SELT) that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration to demonstrate your English language skills for your visa application.
The level of test you need to take will depend upon the kind of visa application you are making. Here is a list of different test levels for each visa type and test duration. There is a description of what is expected from you as a candidate for your chosen level in the table below.
What to expect in your test
So that you know what will be expected of you in the test, here is a video that shows you what the test looks like and what you will be required to do to answer the questions. There are links to further resources on the visa journey page that will help you prepare for your SELT.
Booking the test
Your test will be delivered at a PSI Authorised Test Centre. You can find up to date details of Test Centre availability and pricing for your locality. If you have a disability or learning difficulty that requires specific support, you can make a special arrangement request when you book your test. If you would like to find out more information in advance of booking, Contact us. When you are ready, you can use the link on this site to book your test.
You will find further guidance on the visa journey page on what the Test Centre experience will be like on the day, and how to make sure you have all the correct documents that you need.
Getting your results
As soon as your test has been marked, you will receive an email notification with details of how to access your results on your Account page in the Candidate Account Portal. There, you will be able to view details of the individual outcome (pass/fail) for each skill taken, plus you overall test result (also pass/fail). You need to pass each of the skills taken in order to pass the test overall.
The SELT levels
|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.|
|A2||Can understand sentences and frequently-used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (eg 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.|
|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 and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|