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UK Home Office Approved English Test

News from Trinity College London:

A number of adjustments to the UK Immigration Rules have recently been announced by Immigration Minister James Brokenshire.

This announcement does not affect Trinity’s GESE and ISE exams, which remain on the UK Home Office list of approved English Language Tests. Please be aware that these exams can only be taken in a Registered Trinity SELT centre if being used for UK visa purposes.

The changes in the Immigration Rules, as described in sections 2.1 and 7.15 from the Statement of Changes, relate to Trinity’s ESOL Skills for Life exams only, and are effective from 1 August 2014.

For full details, please consult the Statement of Changes document on www.gov.uk website.

We are pleased to inform you that if you are applying for citizenship and settlement you can still prove this by having: an English qualification at B1 level e.g. GESE Grade 5. Book your GESE Grade 5 B1 test today in the North of England using this website.

 

B1 Test for UK Citizenship

The B1 Test for UK Citizenship

Becoming a British citizen is the dream of thousands of immigrants every year. To become a UK citizen, individuals must fulfill the naturalization or testing requirements. An individual may apply for citizenship through naturalization if he or she is over 18, has sound mind, has good character, intends on continuing to live in the UK and displays knowledge of English and has passed the Life in the UK test requirements.

B1 Testing Requirements

In June 2012, the UK implemented new standards that citizenship applicants must achieve. Those pursuing citizenship through Indefinite Leave to Remain or the Naturalization as a British Citizen route must pass the “Life in the UK Test” and “English Speaking and Listening Test” at the B1 level or above. The B1 level is an intermediate level.

Preparing a Topic for the B1 English test

For the speaking component of the test, a candidate must prepare his or her own topic to discuss for five minutes. The topics that a candidate may choose include hobbies, career, holidays and home country. The examiner will discuss the prepared topic with the candidate in English. He or she seeks to make sure that the candidate responds appropriately to questions, clarifies his or her statements and performs the required language functions. The examiner will make sure that the individual is able to talk in future tenses, provides opinions, discusses UK events and also states the reasons for his or her preferences. The candidate must also show that he or she can use proper grammar and expressive vocabulary.

In addition to the candidate’s chosen discussion, the examiner also has five minutes to discuss two chosen topics with the candidate. The examiner may choose two topics from subjects including events, festivals, means of transportation, entertainment, music or personal experiences.

There is no written component of the Home Office approved B1 exam required for UK citizenship at our  SELT B1 test centre in Sheffield for the north of England including South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire, East Yorkshire, North Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.

B1 Test Results

Once the B1 test for UK citizenship has been completed, the results will be given to the individual on the same day. Certificates are sent by Trinity College to arrive within 7 days and you should therefore receive your certificate within two weeks. At the test site, one will need to show a current passport on the day of your exam.

B1 Test Preparation

We can help you prepare for the Home Office approved B1 test. Working with us can help you develop confidence in your speaking and listening abilities.

You can book your Home Office approved B1 test or exam preparation here

Book your OCR English, Maths and IT Functional Skills exam or B1 / A1 / Life in the UK preparation course in our Midlands English and Maths Exam Test Centre by filling in the form below.

ESOL Skills for Life and Functional Skills exams – contact us for more details:

 

Venue:
Learn for Life Enterprise
241-243 London Road
Sheffield
S2 4NF

Telephone: 0114 255 9080

email info@learnforlifeenterprise.com

Midlands Exam Test Centre for English, Maths and IT Functional Skills  Midlands

Book your OCR Functional Skills exam or B1 / A1 English / Life in the UK Preparation course now in our Midlands Exam Centre by filling in your details below. If you have any difficulty please phone us on 0114 255 9080 and we will do our best to help you.

Your Full Name (this will appear on your certificate) (required)
This must be the same name on the ID you bring on the day of your exam

Your Email (required)

Your telephone number (with area code)

Your Date of Birth DD-MM-YYYY

Your Gender

Your Nationality

Which English Language Exam Should I Take?

Type of UK Visa you require
CEF/NQF level Trinity Exam Skills Tested
Living in the UK – Spouse or Partner visa -form FLR (M) for further leave to remain/ to extend your existing stay A1
ESOL Entry Level 1
GESE 2
or above

Speaking and Listening
only

Living in the UK – Parents of dependents – FLR (O) – further leave to remain ‘Other’ visa A1
ESOL Entry Level 1
GESE 2
or above
Speaking and Listening
only
Living in the UK – Settlement or ILR (indefinite leave to remain) or Naturalisation visa B1
ESOL Entry Level 3
GESE 5
or above
Speaking and Listening only
Studying in the UK – Tier 4 Student Visa, for studying below degree level
– some course requirements may vary so please check actual  requirements with your own sponsor, university or college)
B1
ESOL Entry Level 3
ISE I Speaking and Listening,
Reading and Writing
Working in the UK – Tier 2 for a general Visa for a Sponsored skilled worker B1
ESOL Entry Level 3
ISE I Speaking and Listening,
Reading and Writing
Working in the UK – Tier 1 for an Entrepreneur type Visa B1
ESOL Entry Level 3
ISE I Speaking and Listening,
Reading and Writing
Studying in the UK – Tier 4 for a Student Visa when studying at degree level, however, please note that certain universities & some courses may have higher requirements – please check with your own sponsor/university) B2
ESOL Level 1
ISE II Speaking and Listening,
Reading and writing
Working in the UK – Tier 2 Religious worker or minister of religion Visa B2
ESOL Level 1
ISE II Speaking and Listening,
Reading and Writing
Working in the UK – Tier 1 General including Highly skilled worker Visa C1
ESOL Level 2
ISE III Speaking and Listening,
Reading and Writing
Studying in the UK – Tier 4 for General Student Visa – (This level may be specified for certain courses at degree level or above. Universities’ requirements may vary – please check with your own sponsor or university)  C1
ESOL Level 2
ISE III Speaking and Listening,
Reading and Writing

GESE = Graded Examinations in Spoken English  – | –  ISE = Integrated Skills in English

NQF = National Qualifications Framework – | – CEF = Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Please treat the above information as a general guide only. Many candidates and visa applicants may have their own individual circumstances. Therefore it is very important that all candidates and applicants check their own particular English language exam or test requirements for themselves with a qualified agency.

For living in the UK, spouse/partner visa, further leave to remain (FLR),  indefinite leave to remain (ILR),  settlement or naturalisation you should check the with the Home OfficeUK Visas and Immigration ( UKVI ) and the Border Force, or with a qualified immigration adviser or proper immigration solicitor.

For a worker or student visa,  you must check the level of English language exam you require with your own particular sponsor – for example –  your employer or educational institution. You should also check the with the Home OfficeUK Visas and Immigration ( UKVI ) and the Border Force, or with a qualified immigration adviser or proper immigration solicitor.

You will always need to check your own separate requirements for the Knowledge of Life and Language in the UK test  with either the Home Office or a registered immigration adviser/solicitor.

We are always happy to help you, but do please remember, it is always your, the candidate’s, sole responsibility to choose the correct exam or test for your or their own particular circumstances.

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Nottinghamshire Functional Skills Exam Centre

Functional Skills Test Centre for Nottinghamshire

If you are living in Nottingham or Nottinghamshire you can book your OCR Functional Skills exam or B1 / A1 / Life in the UK preparation course for citizenship, naturalisation, and ILR in our ESOL English Centre by filling in the form below.

ESOL Skills for Life and Functional Skills exams – contact us for more details:

 

Venue:
Learn for Life Enterprise
241-243 London Road
Sheffield
S2 4NF

Telephone: 0114 255 9080

email info@learnforlifeenterprise.com

Exam Centre for Functional Skills English, Maths and IT for candidates from Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Book your OCR Functional Skills Exam or B1 / A1 / Life in the UK Preparation course now in our Exam Centre by filling in your details below. If you have any difficulty please phone us on 0114 255 9080 and we will do our best to help you.

Your Full Name (this will appear on your certificate) (required)
This must be the same name on the ID you bring on the day of your exam

Your Email (required)

Your telephone number (with area code)

Your Date of Birth DD-MM-YYYY

Your Gender

Your Nationality

Lincolnshire Functional Skills Test Centre

English and Maths Functional Skills Test Centre for Lincolnshire

If you are living in Lincolnshire book your English, Maths, IT – Functional Skills exam which you require for college or univeristy in our Exam Centre by filling in the form below.

ESOL Skills for Life, Life in the UK Preparation and Functional Skills exams – contact us for more details:

 

 Venue:
Learn for Life Enterprise
241-243 London Road
Sheffield
S2 4NF

Telephone: 0114 255 9080

email info@learnforlifeenterprise.com

Functional Skills Exam Centre for candidates from Lincolnshire.

Book your Trinity College English Preparation course or OCR Functional Skills Test now in our Exam Centre by filling in your details below. If you have any difficulty please phone us on 0114 255 9080 and we will do our best to help you.

Your Full Name (this will appear on your certificate) (required)
This must be the same name on the ID you bring on the day of your exam

Your Email (required)

Your telephone number (with area code)

Your Date of Birth DD-MM-YYYY

Your Gender

Your Nationality

Applying for UK Citizenship and ILR

Applying for UK Citizenship

Applying for UK citizenship can be a time-consuming process that requires determination, commitment and perseverance. At times, fulfilling the UK citizenship requirements can be difficult and feel overwhelming. Non-English speaking individuals may need to complete the B1 ESOL exam to move forward in obtaining UK citizenship. ESOL stands for “English for Speakers of Other Languages.” Individuals must make satisfactory progress in an ESOL course in order to be considered for UK citizenship.

Most Recent UK Citizenship Requirements

The UK government recently released an announcement that it will be utilizing stricter citizenship requirements for those who wish to become UK citizens. Individuals must demonstrate a mastery of conversational English at the B1 intermediate level and pass the “Living in the UK” test to satisfy the “Knowledge of Language and Life” requirement.

Immigration Minister Mark Harper has publicly stated that British citizenship is a privilege. As such, individuals must demonstrate a commitment to becoming a citizen by understanding the UK’s culture, tradition, customs and English language.

In the past, citizenship candidates had to pass the LITUK test or show a progression in the ESOL course. Now, citizenship candidates must demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of British culture as well as succeed in ESOL for citizenship and ILR.

The Language Component

The UK government will accept several forms of evidence that an individual speaks English. If the individual is applying for citizenship and is from an English-speaking country, this may suffice as evidence that he or she speaks English. Also, those who have physical or mental disabilities will be excused from fulfilling the ESOL requirements. Individuals under the age of 18 and over 65 are also exempt from the language requirement.

Indefinite Leave to Remain in UK

Indefinite Leave to Remain refers to a special immigration status that is given to individuals in the UK. This special immigration status does not have any time limit, and an individual may gain employment while he or she has ILR status.

An individual can obtain ILR status in numerous ways. He or she may be a spouse and live in the UK for a minimum of two years. An individual who has lived in the UK for four years and is part of the Highly Skilled Migrant Programme (HSMP) may also apply for ILR. Individuals who have lived in the UK in excess of four years can visit the www.gov.uk website to learn more about the ILR requirements.

The UK Border Agency may also grant ILR status within its discretion. If an individual has compelling reasons to obtain ILR status, the UK Border Agency may grant it.

Fulfilling the B1 Speaking and Listening Qualifications

Whether one is applying for ILR or permanent citizenship, he or she must take time to prepare for the B1 test English language requirements. Whether one needs to review online study guides or work with a tutor, an individual needs to make sure that he or she is prepared for the citizenship tests. Failing the LITUK or English language citizenship test may prolong the processing time for one’s citizenship application. Our testing centres are available to assist individuals in preparing for ESOL for citizenship and ILR applications. We may also provide specialized help for the LITUK multiple-choice test, written component and verbal component. You can take your B1 ESOL test at our English exam centre.

Applying for Indefinite Leave to Remain in UK

Applying for indefinite leave to remain in UK

Indefinite leave to remain (ILR) can be defined as a status that allows a person to stay indefinitely in the UK without necessarily acquiring full citizenship. Here are the forms those who are applying for indefinite leave to remain can use.

Form SET(F)

For those applying for indefinite leave to remain, there is more than one way to acquire this status. Applicants need to consider their situation and apply with the correct form. Children–including adopted children–under the age of 18 can apply for ILR using Form SET(F) if they plan on living with a parent, parents, or relative who is a resident of the UK. A person’s relative or guardian who is over the age of 18 can also apply for ILR by using Form SET(F).

Form SET(DV)

Those applying for indefinite leave to remain using Form SET(DV) must meet all of the following conditions: (a) must receive permission to stay in the UK for up to 27 months or must be able to extend his or her visit to two years as a partner of a resident; (b) must remain in this relationship he or she was in when they arrive to the UK or must extend his or her stay as the resident’s partner; (c) must present evidence that his or her relationship with the resident is permanently over because of domestic violence.

Form SET(M)

Those who have lived in the UK for two years and has the intention of staying in a relationship with a partner who is also a citizen can apply for indefinite leave to remain by using Form SET(M). However, applicants must have arrived in the UK or applied for permission on or earlier than 8 July 2012. Otherwise, they will have to stay in the UK for five years instead of two.

Form SET(O)

Applicants that need to stay for five years will need to apply to Form SET(O). Furthermore, those who have lived in the UK for more than four years may apply to Form SET(O). This form grants ILR to those who have lived in the UK for four years with a visa that has been labeled under the Highly Skills Migrant Programme (HSMP) and Employment Not Requiring Work Permit. However, his or her visa must have been issued these titles before 3 April 2006.

Five Years and Above

Those who have lived in the UK for five years and have a visa that dictates they are retired and independent or a representative of a business or firm need to apply to Form SET(BUS). Those who have lived in the UK for six years with Discretionary Leave need to apply using Form HPDL. Those who have lived in the UK for ten years without leaving once can apply using Form SET(LR) but must have lived in the country lawfully for those ten years. Those who have lived in the UK for more than ten years will need to live for an additional ten years in order to apply to for ILR.

Requirements can change so you should check current requirements at  https://www.gov.uk/browse/visas-immigration/settling-in-the-uk or speak to an immigration lawyer.

To get Indefinite Leave to Remain you will normally need to pass the Life in the UK test which examines your knowledge of British customs and traditions. If your age is under 18 years or over 65 years then you do not need to take the test. In addition to the Life in the UK test you will also need to pass English Language Speaking & Listening B1 test. You can register today at our B1 test centres for The Trinity College London B1 test, GESE grade 5 Speaking & Listening exam. This is an English Language Test accepted by the British Home Office and UKBA.

 

Official ESOL B1 Test Sheffield

English B1 test Centre Sheffield

You can book your B1 test in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. The speaking and listening English exam, for British Citizenship, Naturalisation, Indefinite Leave to Remain or Spouse/Partner Visa can be taken at the Trinity College official exam centre in Sheffield. There are B1 tests in Sheffield held regularly at Learn for Life Enterprise. This is a well established Sheffield ESOL learning centre which,as it has for many years, specialises in ESOL at all levels including pre-entry, level one, level two and level three.

This popular official Yorkshire test centre for Trinity College provides helpful ESOL preparation courses for the A1 test and B1 test in Sheffield. You can also get on-the-day B1 test preparation from experienced tutors. The on-the-day preparation includes practice exam, revision help, exam tips, and topic form help

In addition, the B1 test centre offers preparation classes for the Life in the UK test.  The Life in the UK Preparation Course is for 6 x 2 hours over 3 weeks and you can attend as many as you need, even repeating some if necessary.

You will find the staff at Learn for Life Enterprise very helpful and friendly. They will do their best to look after you and make you feel welcome and at ease for your English exam.

ESOL B1 test Sheffield

The UKBA approved ESOL B1 test is from Trinity College. This is the GESE grade 5 exam in Speaking and Listening at Level 3.  The  B1 test for Speaking & Listening exam  consists of a ten minute one-to-one interview with an official examiner from Trinity College London who undertakes the exam in their official Sheffield B1 test centre.

The B1 test aims to replicate real-life conversation in which the candidate and the examiner exchange and pass on information, share ideas and opinions and debate topical issues.

B1 test Sheffield

This UKBA Home Office approved English Language Test – Speaking & Listening test at B1 entry 3 level is required  for applicants for UK Citizenship. If you are applying for UK Citizenship/British Naturalisation you will also need to pass the Life in the UK test.

Preparation for ESOL B1 test Sheffield

If you wish to prepare for your ESOL B1 test in Sheffield, the optional B1 test Preparation Course is for 4 x 2 hours over 2 weeks. It includes workshops, practice B1 exam and B1 revision material.

A1 Test Preparation

The A1 test is suitable for Spouse and Partner Visas on FLR (M) and suitable for Parents of Dependents FLR (O). This A1 English test is a UKBA Home Office approved Secure English Language Test – SELT – Speaking & Listening test.

If you would like to prepare in Sheffield for your ESOL A1 test, then our A1 test Preparation Course should be suitable for you. It is 4 x 2 hours over 2 weeks which includes useful workshops, practice A1 exam and A1 revision material.
Please note that for Visa purposes you will need to take your A1 exam at a registered SELT centre of your choice.

Booking your ESOL speaking and listening B1 test in Sheffield

You can book your  B1 test in Sheffield, South Yorkshire or speaking and listening exam/test preparation course for B1, A1 ESOL or Life in the UK  by clicking here: SHEFFIELD English Exam A1 and B1 preparation courses and B1 Test Centre Sheffield

B1 Speaking and Listening Test

B1 Speaking and Listening Test

The B1 speaking and listening test takes the form of a one-to-one interview with the examiner. The exam aims to replicate everyday real-life exchanges in which the candidate and the examiner converse, pass on information, share ideas and opinions and talk about topical issues.

The B1 test consists of the following:

  • greetings and setting at ease
  • Topic
  • Conversation
  • end of conversation and leave taking.

The B1 speaking and listening test requires all candidates to complete two tasks.

1.   Topic

Discussion of a prepared topic.The topic part of the test takes approximately 5 minutes.

 

The candidate is required to prepare a topic of his or her own choice.  The examiner directs the discussion using the points prepared by the candidate. Candidates should therefore prepare a topic for discussion. For example you could choose one of the following:

  1. Hobbies
  2. Holidays
  3. Career
  4. Home country

Communication Skills for B1 Test

The following skills are looked for by the examiner for the B1 test

  • Show understanding of the examiner by responding appropriately to questions.
  • Give information about the prepared topic in a series of linked long turns about the five discussion points on the Topic form.
  • Answer questions on the prepared topic, and participate in an informal discussion of the topic, during which the examiner will request more information, fact and details.
  • Respond to requests for clarification and give reasons for making particular statements.
  • Ask the examiner at least one question about the topic area.
  • Take the opportunity provided to use the language functions and language items listed below, where appropriate.Language Requirements

This applies to Part 1 – TOPIC and also to Part 2 – CONVERSATION

Language Functions

Language functions tested for B1 are:

  1. Talking about the future – informing and predicting
  2. Expressing preference
  3. Talking about events in the indefinite and recent past
  4. Giving reasons
  5. Stating the duration of events
  6. Quantifying

 Grammar

Grammar tested for B1 includes:

  1. Present perfect tense including use of for, since, ever, never, just
  2. Connecting clauses using because
  3. Will referring to the future for informing and predicting
  4. Adjectives and adverbials of quantity e.g. a lot (of), not very much, many
  5. Expressions of preference e.g. I prefer, I’d rather

Lexis

Lexis tested for B1 includes:

  1. Vocabulary specific to the topic area
  2. Vocabulary specific to the subject areas
  3. Expressions relating to past and future time e.g. two days ago, in the future
  4. Phrases and expressions relating to the language functions listed above

Phonology

Phonology tested for B1 includes:

  1. The correct pronunciation of vocabulary specific to the topic and subject areas
  2. The combination of weak forms and contractions e.g. I’ve been to…
  3. Avoidance of speech patterns of recitation

 

2.   Conversation

Then the examiner moves on to the Conversation phase, selecting two subject areas for  conversation and discussion from the list provided. This part of the B1 test takes approximately 5 minutes

The examiner selects 2 subject areas for discussion from the list below;

  1. Festivals
  2. Means of transport
  3. Special occasions e.g. birthdays, weddings
  4. Entertainment e.g. cinema, television 
  5. Music
  6. Recent personal experiences

Communication Skills

You, the candidate,  will be required to:

  • Show understanding of the examiner by responding appropriately to questions
  • Respond to requests for clarification and give reasons for making particular statements
  • Ask the examiner at least one question about the subject area

 

B1 Test Centres

The B1 Speaking and Listening Test is accepted by the Home Office for Settlement / Indefinite Leave to Remain and British Naturalisation applications.

To  find out more about the B1 Test at our B1 test centre please contact us

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