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Spoken English for Work (SEW)


Notice of qualification withdrawal:

Trinity College London has ceased to offer Spoken English for Work (SEW) exams.

  • Final entries for SEW exams have now closed.
  • Final exam sessions have been completed.
  • To allow time for re-sits or upheld appeals, the last date for producing certificates is 28 February 2018.

See SEW withdrawal arrangements for further details of timings.

Please talk to your Trinity representative about alternative Trinity qualifications which may be appropriate for your candidates.

Note: Trinity Spoken English for Work (SEW) certificates are valid for life and provide reliable evidence of English language proficiency achieved.


Preparing learners for the real world of work

Spoken English for Work (SEW) is a unique assessment of spoken English communication in a work context. Through a series of interactive tasks, SEW tests assess a full range of practical speaking and listening skills that are required in the world of work on a day-to-day basis.

SEW qualifications prepare candidates for real-life working situations by providing valuable practice and assessment in telephone conversations, formal and informal presentations - along with the opportunity to discuss real work issues in an English-speaking context.

SEW qualifications provide a measure of linguistic competence from intermediate to advanced levels - from B1 to C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (2001).

Full details are contained in the SEW Specifications document.

Watch example videos of SEW exams at levels B1, B2, B2+ and C1.

Results and certificates

Certificates are usually despatched within 4-6 weeks of the exam after results have been approved. 

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