Skills for English™

Secure English Language Test (SELT)

Skills for English (UKVI) is a Secure English Language Test (SELT) that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration to meet the English language requirements for UK visa applications. It’s simple and convenient to prepare for, to book and to take.

The test can be booked online and on demand, it is delivered in a single session that is entirely computer-based, with no need for an examiner/assessor to be present. This format makes delivery more flexible with a greater choice of test dates and location, and with results being available in as little as 14 days.

Skills for English is offered through our network of PSI Authorized test centres and is available now in mainland China, and in the rest of the world, except the UK, from November.

  • Wide availability of test centres and sessions (choice of 16 test centres at launch with regular test sessions available)
  • Test levels matched exactly to visa type required
  • A one-session test that is entirely computer-based with no examiner/assessor present
  • Auto-marked reading and listening skills, with speaking and writing skills marked by expert assessors who do not see any of your personal details

The test is available for each of the levels that correspond to the different visa types, for both two skills, speaking and listening, and four skills, speaking, listening, reading and writing. Reading and listening skills are auto-marked during the test session, with speaking and writing skills marked by expert assessors afterwards.


The qualification that is assured by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA), an international leader in education and qualifications development. To find out more, including how Skills for English can streamline your visa journey, and to access information videos, learning materials and practise tests, visit our dedicated Skills for English website now.