ESOL Skills for Life exam administration
For administration and general support for Trinity’s ESOL Skills for Life exams in the UK, please contact your named Trinity coordinator who is your primary point of contact for exam arrangements.
Booking an exam session
The information summarised below is also contained in Trinity’s ESOL Skills for Life Best Practice Guidebook for centres registered with Trinity to hold exams.
- Speaking and Listening exams
These exams can be booked on an on-demand basis throughout the year. Exam sessions are available as blocks of time. The minimum block of time that a centre can book for Speaking and Listening exams is 3 hours (half a day). Centres may book blocks of 3, 4, 5 or 6 hours. Bookings should be made through the Trinity Online system.
- Reading exams and Writing exams - up to 30 November 2017
Up to 10 Reading exam sessions and 10 Writing exam sessions can be booked per year. Exam sessions must be booked at least four weeks in advance through the Trinity Online system. When booking online, please specify the date, the level to be taken, and the time of exams. The closing date for entering candidate details is three weeks before the exam.
- Reading exams and Writing exams - from December 2017
Choose from 25 fixed dates. Exam session bookings must be booked at least three weeks in advance through the Trinity Online system. When booking, please specify the date, the level to be taken, and the time of exams. The closing date for entering candidate details is also three weeks before the exam.
Once results have been issued re-sits can be booked immediately for the next available session.
When booking exam sessions in advance of the deadlines below, it’s not necessary to enter the details of individual candidates. However, candidate details MUST all be entered in the Trinity Online system before the closing date for candidate entries.
Deadline for booking an exam session:
Speaking and Listening – 4 weeks before the exam
Reading and Writing – 4 weeks (3 weeks from December 2017)
Closing date for entering candidate details:
Speaking and Listening exams – up to 24 hours before the exams
Reading and Writing – 3 weeks before the exam
Exam fees must be paid in full on or before the closing date. Surcharges will apply for late session bookings and late candidate entries.
If you have a candidate with a particular requirement, you must submit your request for special provision by email at least 28 days before your exam.
Results and certificates
- Centre notifiction of results - usually within 4 weeks
- Speaking and Listening Award certificates - usually within 4 weeks
- Reading Award, Writing Award certificates - usually within 6 weeks
- Overarching ESOL Skills for Life certificates - usually within 6 weeks
Quick reference documents
Exam centre representatives, supervisors and invigilators will find the following quick reference sections from the ESOL Skills for Life Centre Best Practice Guidebook useful:
- How to arrange your Speaking and Listening exam session
- How to arrange your Reading and Writing exam session
- Timetabling guidance for Speaking and Listening
- Instructions for supervisors and invigilators
- Seating plan template
- Supervisor’s report form
- Request for transfer of credits
Policies and procedures
Before the exam, centres should ensure that all candidates are aware of Trinity’s Candidate Identity (ID) Policy.
As a registered exam centre you should ensure that all staff involved in the preparation and conduct of UK ESOL exams are completely familiar with, and ensure your centre complies with, Trinity policies and procedures. These policies and procedures are outlined in the following documents and on our website:
- ESOL Skills for Life Centre Best Practice Guidebook
- Registered Exam Centre Handbook
- Trinity Policies on our website