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What is the ESOL B1 Test?

According to Home Office guidelines, any applicant applying for indefinite leave or naturalization/British passport is required to show a good knowledge of English and life in the UK.


To meet the language knowledge requirement, applicants are required to have acquired a qualification at or above entry-level 3/B1 CEFR, which includes speaking and listening modules. The test should be listed in the SELT (Secure English Language Test) list.

Where can I sit for the SELT approved B1 Test ?

English Tests UK provides preparation and support for the Entry Level 3 / B1 CEFR Test which can be seated at various locations within the UK. These are Home Office-approved examination bodies that qualify applicants who are applying for indefinite leave to stay or naturalize. Then you can fill the form to book your seat.

Changes in English Language requirement

The requirements have changed from ESOL (A1) (Entry Level 1) level to ESOL (B1) (Entry Level 3) level from 28 October 2013. If you have already passed ESOL at A1 level you will need to re-appear for ESOL B1 level (Entry Level 3).


From 5 November 2015, the Home Office will not accept qualifications that are not in the SELT list as proof of English language knowledge. All applicants must have passed the English test from an examination body that is on the SELT list and conducted at an exam center approved by SELT.

How to prepare for the English B1 Test ?

Once you have booked your exam with us we will provide you with the study material that will guide you on the exam format. We will also provide you sample papers so that you will be ready for the test so that there will be no surprises during the test. For more details visit our preparation section.

We also offer classroom-based training sessions with our selected English language training providers. The fee for the training is different and varies from center to center

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