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B1 Test Centre

B1 Test Centre

Our ESOL/English Language B1 test centre in the North of England welcomes people from all over the world who wish to become British citizens. We offer Home Office approved B1 tests more than once a week throughout the year. We are an official Trinity College exam centre which means your test certificate will be recognized as authentic by the British Home Office due to our genuine and secure testing. For UK citizenship you must pass the “Life in the UK Test” and the “English Speaking and Listening B1 Test” .

We have an English Laguage, B1 test centre in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. This is convenient for people from South Yorkshire, West Yorkshire including Leeds and Bradford, East Yorkshire including Hull, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

We teach people English as a matter of course at our centre so we are very experienced in looking after people from overseas. We can provide you with help and preparation on the day of your exam. You can relax and know you will have the best chance of passing your exam in our B1 test centre.

The test itself consists of a ten minute one-to-one interview with an official Trinity College Examiner. For the speaking part of the B1 test, you should prepare your own topic and be prepared to discuss it with the examiner for five minutes in English.

In addition to the candidate’s chosen discussion, the examiner also has another five minutes to talk about two chosen topics with you. The examiner can choose topics including events, festivals, means of transportation, entertainment, music or personal experiences.

At our B1 test centre the examiner will want to make sure you can respond appropriately to questions, can clarify your statements and perform the required language functions. This means you must be able to talk in future tenses, provide opinions, discusses UK events and also state the reasons for your preferences. You must also show that you can use correct grammar and express yourself well through use of vocabulary.

You will find the examiner friendly and helpful however you still need to prepare for your test. We can give you assistance in this before your exam so please ask for details. In addition you can have your own practice with friends or family. there are also some useful publications and guides to assist you.

You will find more information about the B1 test here.Also watch this video of a B1 test.

You will find details of our B1 test centre here to book your test and  preparation if you require it.

 

 

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.

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GESE Grade 5 / B1 Test – Videos & Results

Example of a GESE Grade 5 / B1 Test in English – candidate Serafim

First watch this video of a sample GESE grade 5 exam / B1 test for speaking and listening. Then see the information below which tells you how the exam was marked, the grade obtained and the rationale behind this. This will help you prepare for your  own exam.

B1 Test/GESE Grade 5 –  Serafim         Result : Merit
Topic Phase                         Grade Awarded: B          Key areas: –

Serafim chooses to talk about computers for his topic and puts himself in danger  of producing too many lists of technical vocabulary, for example, the different versions of Microsoft Windows.

However, his contributions are generally effective,comprehensible and appropriate. He responds well to the examiner’s questions and asks some good questions when he is prompted by the examiner.

Serafim uses a good range of  the language functions and language items for this grade, mainly accurately and appropriately, although repeated attempts by the examiner to elicit the present perfect tense from him are unsuccessful. Pronunciation is clear throughout.

Conversation Phase         Grade Awarded: B          Key areas: –

The conversation on the subject area of ‘Music‘ tends to produce only short contributions from Serafim and he fails to exploit opportunities to use the present perfect with for or since. In discussing ‘Transport” however, Serafim’s contributions improve and he produces one of his longest and best-formed sentences, ‘I don’t drive because I’m too young to drive a car‘.

If Serafim had paid more attention to the language of the GESE Grade, he might have achieved a better result.. It is important to note how short answers and a failure to exploit the language of the grade can impact on a candidate’s assessment.

It is a good idea to watch the video again and spot how the above comments are arrived at. You can now get friends or family to help you prepare for your GESE grade 5 / B1 test by following a similar format to the interview in the video. We can also offer you some preliminary preparation on the day of your exam to set you at ease. When you are ready to book your exam please click on the location closest to where you live on this exam centres home page or contact us for more information. We will then do our best to help you.

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.

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York and North Yorkshire English and Maths Test Centre

If you are living in the city of York  or anywhere in North  Yorkshire book your Functional Skills OCR English, Maths and IT Test in our Yorkshire Functional Skills exam centre by filling in the form below.

ESOL Skills for Life, Preparation courses 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  English, Maths and IT for candidates from York and North Yorkshire.

Book your OCR Functional Skills Exam or B1 / A1 / Life in the UK preparation course now in our YORKSHIRE 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.

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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.

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If you are from Leeds/Bradford and West Yorkshire book your OCR Functional Skills English, Maths and IT or B1 / A1 / Life in the UK Preparation course in our Yorkshire Official 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

Yorkshire English and Maths Exam Test Centre for Functional Skills and B1 / A1 / Life in the Uk Preparation for candidates from Leeds/Bradford and West Yorkshire

Book your OCR Functional Skills Exam or B1 / A1 / Life in the UK preparation course now in our YORKSHIRE 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.

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This must be the same name on the ID you bring on the day of your exam

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Your Date of Birth DD-MM-YYYY

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Trinity College GESE Grade 5, 6, and 4

GESE Grades 4–6 (A2.2–B1.2 CEFR) Elementary Stage

This includes B1 Speaking and Listening GESE Grade 5 ESOL Entry level 3 /B1 test level on the CEFR which is approved by the Home Office for use in Settlement/ILR and Naturalisation applications made on or after 28th October 2013.

Introduction to the Speaking and Listening GESE Elementary stage

Candidate profile
By the end of the Elementary stage, the candidate can:
● understand the main points of clear speech on familiar matters
● enter into conversation, express personal opinions and exchange information on familiar
subjects of personal interest or related to everyday life
● demonstrate a sufficient range of language to describe experiences and events and give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.
This profile is based on the level Independent User, B1 test level, in the Common European Framework of Reference.

Trinity College B1 Speaking and Listening Test GESE Exam format

The exam at each grade consists of the following:
● greetings and setting at ease
● discussion of a prepared topic
● conversation on two subject areas
● end of conversation and leave taking.

B1 Speaking and Listening Test GESE Exam procedure

● The examiner begins by greeting the candidate, trying to set him or her at ease and asking to see the candidate’s identification (for Grade 5 and above).
● The examiner asks the candidate for the Topic form and the candidate tells the examiner what he or she is going to talk about.
● During the Topic phase, the examiner randomly selects one of the discussion points on the Topic form and asks the candidate questions and makes comments to facilitate a spontaneous discussion about the prepared topic. This continues until at least four points on the Topic form have been covered. During the Topic phase, the candidate asks the examiner at least one question related to the topic. This phase lasts up to five minutes.
● The examiner then closes this phase of the exam and moves on to the conversation.
● During the Conversation phase, the examiner selects one of the subject areas listed for the grade and engages the candidate in genuine conversation. This is repeated with a second subject area chosen by the examiner. During the conversation the candidate gives information, makes statements and responds as appropriate.

In addition, at Grade 5 the candidate must ask the examiner at least one question related to the subject areas being discussed and at Grade 6 the candidate must ask at least two questions. This phase lasts up to five minutes.
● The examiner brings the conversation and the exam to an end.

Sample exams at the Elementary stage GESE Grade 4, Grade 5 and Grade 6 can be found here on the Trinity College website.

If you are taking the B1 Speaking and Listening Test/GESE grade 5 exam then for practice you should take a particular look at the videos for GESE Grade 5 candidate Serafim and  Srija and see their marks noting how these were arrived at.

B1 Speaking and Listening Test GESE Elementary Stage Guidance

Discussion of a prepared topic

The purpose of the Topic phase is to give candidates the opportunity to display their command of the language of the grade while talking about self-selected and personally relevant topics.
● When choosing the topic for discussion, candidates should prepare the topic on a subject they are personally interested in, knowledgeable about and able to discuss with the examiner.
● Please note the topic should not be chosen directly from the list of subject areas for the Conversation phase. Instead, candidates should be strongly encouraged to prepare a personalised topic. This is to enable candidates to show a wide range of language throughout the exam.
● The personal aspect is an important feature of all Trinity exams. Therefore, candidates should be discouraged from selecting the same topic as their peers. Teachers should ensure that if groups of learners do decide to use the same topic, e.g. football, every effort is made to personalise the content.
● The topic should provide candidates with the opportunity to demonstrate the language requirements of the grade. Therefore, candidates should be encouraged to incorporate language items of the grade into their contributions.
●When preparing the topic candidates are advised to think carefully about the amount of material necessary for their topic, bearing in mind the time available. They should prepare enough material to sustain a discussion of the topic for up to five minutes, but not more.
● Candidates must not prepare their topic as a written script, as this will inevitably lead to a memorised recitation and result in the candidate not being prepared to use spontaneous spoken English. Recitation will have a negative effect on the assessment of this phase.
● In preparing their topic, candidates are advised to anticipate questions the examiner might ask. They should be prepared to give further examples, explanations and clarifications as requested by the examiner.
● Before the exam, the candidate must complete the Topic form and bring it to the exam room. The Topic form is designed to help promote a spontaneous discussion which must not include or rely on a memorised recitation.
● The candidate must complete the Topic form with the required number of points for discussion (four discussion points for Grade 4, five for Grade 5, six for Grade 6). One short sentence or phrase will suffice for each point. The candidate should prepare enough material about these points to sustain a discussion of up to five minutes, but no more.
● At all Elementary grades, the examiner will ask the candidate to talk about at least four of the discussion points on the Topic form.
● The examiner will refer to the discussion points on the Topic form in no particular order. Therefore, all of the points should be thematic and provide an opportunity for discussing different aspects of the topic. Topic forms must not include such general points as ‘Introduction’, or ‘What I did next…’.
● The Topic form can be written by a person other than the candidate as written skills in English are not being assessed in these exams. However, the content of the form should have originated from the candidate.
● As the Topic form is crucial for the execution of this phase, the phase will not take place if the information contained on the form is not made available to the examiner.
● It is a requirement of the exam that candidates ask the examiner relevant and appropriate questions throughout the Topic phase.
● At all Elementary grades, the candidate must ask the examiner at least one question about the topic.
● Candidates may bring pictures, photos, diagrams or other useful objects into the exam room to illustrate the topic and aid the discussion with the examiner. However, live animals or dangerous objects such as knives must not be brought into the exam room.
● Please note a candidate who fails to prepare a topic for discussion cannot be assessed for Task fulfilment for this phase. The phase will be voided and this will result in a fail being awarded for the exam as a whole.

The Conversation phase

The purpose of the Conversation phase is to give candidates the opportunity to participate in a genuine and interesting exchange of information, ideas and opinions, while demonstrating their ability to use the language of the grade.
● The Conversation phase consists of a discussion of two of the subject areas listed for the relevant grade. Although the examiner will only select two of the subject areas listed, candidates need to be prepared to talk about all of them.
● Candidates are encouraged to contribute as much as they can to the conversation and make every effort to show the examiner the range and quality of the language required for the particular grade.
● Candidates must not memorise or recite responses to the examiner’s questions as this will lead to the candidate being unable to take part in a genuine conversation with the examiner.
● At each grade, candidates are expected to use the communicative skills, language functions and language items listed for the grade and for the previous grades. Therefore, those responsible for preparing candidates for the exams should ensure that candidates are completely familiar with the
language items, understand their meaning and can use them accurately and appropriately.
● At GESE Grade 5, for the B1 Speaking and Listening Test, candidates are required to ask the examiner at least one question related to the subject areas in this phase.
● At GESE Grade 6, candidates are required to ask the examiner at least two questions related to the subject areas in this phase.

GESE Grade 4, 5 and 6 Assessment

At the Elementary stage, the examiner assesses the candidate’s performance by awarding a letter grade A, B, C or D for Task fulfilment for the Topic and Conversation phases. In simple terms, these
levels can be classified as follows:
● A — Distinction (reflects an excellent performance)
● B — Merit (reflects a good performance)
● C — Pass (reflects a satisfactory performance)
● D — Fail (reflects an unsatisfactory performance).
The combination of the two letter grades, i.e. the one awarded for the topic and the one awarded for the conversation provides the overall level of achievement.

The Trinity College examiner completes an individual Exam report form immediately after the exam. The Exam report form provides an indication of the result of the exam and identifies key areas for improvement. The final result is confirmed by the issue of a certificate (or otherwise) by Trinity within a specified period after the GESE exam.

At our ESOL test centre we offer the UKBA accepted, Speaking & Listening exam at B1 entry 3 level which you need when you make an application for UK Citizenship. You will also need the Life in the UK test. This is the Trinity College London GESE grade 5 Speaking & Listening exam/B1 test.

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