B1 SELT (ISE) For Transport for London

Since 14 October 2016, all applicants for a private hire driver’s licence have been required to be able to communicate in English to a B1 standard.

Following the Department for Transport’s recently published draft statutory guidance for licensing authorities, which provides recommendations for an English assessment for licensees; TfL  has now extended the deadline from 30 April 2019 to 30 September 2020.

 Trinity’s ISE B1 SELT English language tests for private hire drivers (PCO)-TfL 

An English language requirement applies to all applications for private hire driver licences received by TfL (Transport for London) on, or after, 14 October 2016. This includes applications for both renewal and new licences.   –Transport for London

Are you planning to take your B1 Taxi driver/ minicab (PCO) English Language  test at one of Trinity College Exam Centres in London and need support to prepare?

Hamlets Training Centre is a Listed SELT Course Provider.Trinity’s ISE I Secure English Language Test (SELT) is approved by TfL for Private Hire Drivers.

Register now to book your B1 ISE 1 SELT course in East London with Hamlets Training Centre in London E1.
Only £250.00

Classes are on Every Monday (4:00 pm-6:00 pm) or Friday ( 10:00 am-12:00 pm)

Book and pay for your B1 ISE 1 SELT test with Exam Materials in one of the three approved test centres in London.

London Kings Cross     London Hammersmith      London Croydon

Only £230.00


ISE I (BI) consists of two exam modules:

  • Reading & Writing
  • Speaking & Listening

Candidates must pass both modules for an ISE I (B1) qualification.

Reading & Writing

2 hours:

  • 2 x Reading tasks
  • 1 x Reading into writing task
  • 1 x Writing task
Speaking & Listening

16 minutes:

  • 1 x Topic task
  • 1 x Conversation task
  • 2 x Listening tasks


London Kings Cross

344-354 Grays Inn Road (HQ)

Kings Cross, London, WC1X 8BP.

London Hammersmith
2 Queen Caroline St (Regus)
W6 9DX

London Croydon
AMP House, 7th floor
Dingwall Road

Why do you book your training with Hamlets Training Centre?

During your B1 English Language tests Preparation for Private Hire Drivers Course you will be trained in a very friendly environment and will be allocated a training consultant who will be your main contact during your training, so throughout the course you have:

  • Small group sessions either on Monday or Thursday
  • Extra support by appointments if  required
  • Free Mock exam at the end of the course
  • Help with booking the exam
Transferable skills for study and employment

Trinity’s Integrated Skills in English (ISE) is a contemporary four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) qualification recognised by governments and institutions as providing reliable evidence of English language proficiency.

Preparing for ISE helps develops authentic communicative and transferable skills that are required for academic study and employ-ability, such as synthesising information, participating in interactive discussions and presenting on topics of personal interest.

B1 (ISE) Course Content:

  • The Topic
  • The Conversation
  • Independent Listening
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Grammar
  • Practice Materials
  • Mock exams


Why should I choose the B1 SELT (ISE) Preparation Course with Hamlets Training Centre?

  • Hamlets Training Centre is a Listed SELT Course Provider
  • Our PGCE-qualified English Language teachers can prepare you to pass your B1 test
  • We provide guidance and support
  • We will teach you until you pass
  • Our success rate is 98%
  • We provide free mock exam facilities for all candidates.

ISE I (B1) Speaking & Listening  Exam by Jaume at Trinity College London

Test Summary

An English language requirement applies to all applications for private hire drivers licences received by TfL (Transport for London) on, or after, 14 October 2016. This includes applications for both renewal and new licences.

Trinity’s ISE I Secure English Language Test (SELT) is approved by TfL for this purpose – full details and how to book this exam are detailed below.

ISE I = B1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

Prepare for your test

Hamlets Training Centre is a Listed SELT Course Providers that  offers preparation courses for private hire drivers who want to take a Trinity ISE I (B1) Secure English Language Test (SELT) required by Transport for London.

Book your ISE I test

Only tests taken at a SELT centre are approved by TfL for private hire driver licence applications. We offer free test booking facilities for our registered candidates.

Requirement to book your test

  • You musthave a valid  proof of identity (ID) to book your test which must be presented at the SELT test centre – please read Trinity’s SELT Centre Candidate ID policy

Results and certificates

When you get your results for ISE, you receive:

  • certificateif you passed both parts of the test
  • diagnostic reportfor each skill showing how you performed in the test

Certificates are usually sent within 21 days of candidates passing both parts of the ISE test.

Source: https://www.trinitycollege.com/site/?id=3640

We offer free exam booking for our registered candidates. There is a fee for non-registered candidates.

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Course Summary

B1 ISE -Intensive English language test course  for private hire drivers

ISE: Integrated Skills in English I (B1) 

Course day: Every Monday ( 4:00 pm-6:00 pm) or Every Friday ( 10:00 am- 12:00 pm)
Entry Requirement: Good reading, writing, speaking and listening skills
Course duration: 4 days in four weeks
Course fee: £250.00

B1 ISE Fast Track   Exam Preparation

( only for the advanced learners)

Entry requirement  : Must attend an assessment

Duration: 3 hours

Fee: £100.00

TfL approved Examination Body : Trinity SELT

About the test

An English language requirement applies to all applications for private hire drivers licences received by TfL (Transport for London) on, or after, 14 October 2016.


Test Name:  Integrated Skills in English I (B1 ISE) 
Speaking & Listening – 18 minutes
Reading & Writing – 2 hours
Awarding Body: TRINITY SELT
Result/Certificate: Results and Certificate usually sent within 21 days
Test Type: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing

About the test

An English language requirement applies to all applications for private hire drivers licences received by TfL (Transport for London) on, or after, 14 October 2016.

Frequently Asked Questions

Secure English Language Tests (SELTs) assess English Language ability and are taken under specific secure conditions. Trinity SELTs are approved by UKVI, part of the Home Office, for Leave to Remain, British Citizenship (Naturalisation) and Tier 1, 2 and 4 visa categories where evidence of English language ability is a requirement.

Following a procurement exercise by the UK Government, Trinity is one of only two providers that have been approved to provide Secure English Language Tests for UKVI. This change took effect on 6 April 2015.

The Trinity exams offered for SELT purposes are:

  • Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE) – A1, A2 and B1 tests
  • Integrated Skills in English (ISE) – B1, B2 and C1 tests

The level and type of the exam you need to take is determined by the type of visa you require. Visit the Trinity UK visa test pages for more information.

More information can be found about the individual examinations via the Trinity UK visa test pages. Everyone who is required to take a four skills test will need to take Trinity SELT ISE based on the revised ISE exams published in February 2015.

For each type of visa application, you need to take a specific test. Follow the links on this page for your test, and then choose ‘Prepare for your exam’.

Trinity’s SELT exams are available at test centres across the UK. These are located in London Croydon, London Holborn, London Hammersmith, Belfast, Birmingham, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester and Peterborough.

Trinity has a wide variety of resources available for each available SELT including sample papers, videos, self-study resources and publications.

Visit our resources page and follow the link for the SELT you are preparing for.

Trinity also has Listed SELT Course Providers that offer preparation courses for your SELT. Please visit our map to find a Listed SELT Course Providers near you.

Your ID must be valid on the date of the exam, and you must have it with you on the day of the exam. The following are the only ID types that can be used to book an exam:

CEFR = Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
SELT = Secure English Language Test
GESE = Graded Examinations in Spoken English



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