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B1 ISE 1 (SELT) Test for Private Hire Drivers

Test Modules Explained

The Private Hire English Language Requirement can be passed by doing the B1 ISE 1 (SELT) English Language Test. TfL have only approved 3 test centre’s that are in Holborn, Hammersmith and Croydon. The test centres are Secure English Language Test Centres and are run by the exam board Trinity College. TfL will only accept B1 English Certificates from these SELT centre’s.

Trinity SELT Test Centre Locations

HOLBORN(B1 English Language Exam Dates Holborn)
London Holborn
88 Kingsway

HAMMERSMITH(B1 English Exam Dates Hammersmith)
London Hammersmith
2 Queen Caroline St (Regus)
W6 9DX

Croydon(B1 English Exam Dates Croydon)
London Croydon
AMP House, 7th floor
Dingwall Road

B1 ISE I Exam Modules

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

18 minutes:

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

Guidance for B1 English Test Candidates

Practice papers – Reading & Writing

Sample Exam Paper 1 with answers

Sample Exam Paper 2 with answers

Practice listening exam tasks

Listen to an example B1 English Language listening test

Read instructions on the B1 English Language listening test