PeopleCert & LanguageCert to deliver Home Office approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT) for UK Visas & Immigration


UK Home Office awards a multi-year agreement

We are proud to announce that PeopleCert, in partnership with LanguageCert and Prometric®, has been awarded a multi-year agreement with UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI), to deliver Home Office approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT) in the UK and across the rest of the world.

UKVI, part of the Home Office, runs the UK’s visa service, managing around 3 million applications a year from overseas nationals. Each year hundreds of thousands of SELTs are taken by individuals seeking to apply for a visa to study, work or join family in the UK, where evidence of English language ability at a specific level is required.

These commercial agreements were awarded by UKVI after a rigorous and competitive procurement process. Bidders were required to demonstrate expert capability in the fields of examination design, delivery and security, technical innovation and customer experience, all underpinned with a global examination delivery network.

Each of LanguageCert’s Home Office approved SELT exams has been independently assessed by the UK government’s designated authority, UK NARIC to ensure they accurately measure English language ability at the level required by UKVI.

LanguageCert’s SELT exams are the ideal solution for individuals applying for a visa where valid proof of English language ability is required. The exams are designed to meet Home Office specifications and visa requirements, whilst maintaining a candidate-centric approach. The SELTs, offered in all four skills - Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, are also available across the two-skills of Speaking and Listening.

LanguageCert SELT solutions are as follows:

  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT – a single-branded four-skill language test accepted for work and study visas. This assessment solution is based on the Ofqual-regulated International ESOL (Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking) exam suite, and is available at the following CEFR levels: B1, B2, C1, C2.
  • LanguageCert International ESOL SELT (Speaking & Listening) – ofqual regulated two-skill language test designed specifically for visa and immigration purposes, available at levels A1, A2, B1.

Each SELT exam will be delivered globally through SELT Approved PeopleCert test centre network combining user-friendly, state-of-the-art examination technology. Candidates will have access to frequent exam dates and exam results will be issued with speed and efficiency.

This customer-focused testing solution is scheduled for global rollout in April 2020.

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Read more in the Press Release for UK territory here

Read more in the Press Release for the rest of the world here