If you are interested in studying in the UK, you need to fulfil certain requirements before applying for the visa. For instance, you need to meet specific English language certification requirements when you apply for a study visa to pursue a course from a UK university and college. This certification is the Secure English Language Test or SELT. It is one of the most popular tests taken for the UK visa and immigration (UKVI) to demonstrate your English language skills. It will assess your English reading, speaking, writing and listening abilities. The test score is recognised by over 120 colleges and universities in the UK.
Who can give SELT language test?
International students who want to pursue study programs from UK universities need to appear for the SELT exam. There are two UK visa application types - Student visa - below degree level and Student visa - degree level and above. So, depending on your course and the visa required, you need to apply for the appropriate SELT exam.
The SELT is also mandatory for international applicants who:

  • Wish to join their already residing families in the UK.
  • Plan to extend their stay in the country or apply for the UK citizenship
  • Wish to work in the UK.

Different Types of SELT

  1. Graded Examinations in Spoken English:

The Graded Examinations in Spoken English is a test to assess the communication, speaking and listening skills in the English language for use in real-life situations. It is a face-to-face assessment test. Anyone above 5 years of age who wants to move to the UK to work, study, or settle down, needs to clear it.

  1. Integrated Skills in English (ISE):

ISE is a test which measures your ability to communicate in the English language. It evaluates your reading, speaking, writing and listening skills. This 4-skills qualification test is necessary to clear if you wish to teach at a university, college or school in the UK post completion of your course.
SELT exam structure
Candidates can either take a four-skills (Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing) or a two-skills (Speaking & Listening) exam. The two factors: the type of visa and the purpose of visiting the UK, will help you determine the SELT exam type.




SELT Score (minimum/total score)

Speaking & Listening

Online interview with a live interlocutor

Short online conversation with a live interlocutor

Speaking & Listening: 60/100

Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing


  • Written test is computer-based
  • Spoken component comprises an online interview with a live interlocutor

Listening: 33/50
Reading: 33/50
Writing: 75/150
Speaking: 33/50

How to apply for SELT?
You can easily register via the official website after selecting the exam location and time slot of the test at your convenience. Applicants can even reschedule their SELT test a minimum of 72 hours prior to the exam without paying any extra fee.
When are exams held?
It is a flexible test which is available multiple times a year. You need to visit an Approved Test Centre to give the SELT exam. Check the list of approved centres and select the closest centre. In India, the approved exam centres for the SELT exam are held in multiple states, such as New Delhi, Jaipur, Gurugram and Mumbai, to name a few. 
SELT result declaration
You will get a unique registration number (URN). With the help of the URN and your date of birth, you can check the results. The test results are declared within 3-5 days working days. These SELT scores are valid for two years from the test date.
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