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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. 


Exam fees

Fee information for exams from September 2017


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
    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.


Change to exam rules from 1 December 2017

Candidates cannot bring mobile phones, laptops or other devices into the Speaking and Listening exam room to support Task 1.
Candidates must bring their photograph or picture (or presentation outline at Level 2) as a printout or paper copy. This is to comply with Trinity security regulations and to improve efficiency with a standardised approach.


Booking re-sits
Once results have been issued re-sits can be booked immediately for the next available session subject to usual booking notice.

Booking deadlines
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: 3 weeks before the exam


Closing date for entering candidate details
Speaking and Listening: up to 24 hours before the exams
Reading and Writing: 3 weeks before the exam

Other deadlines

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 notification 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 Best Practice Guidebook useful:

Policies and procedures

Before the exam, centres should ensure that all candidates are aware of Trinity’s Candidate Identity (ID) Policy

For all exams candidates must be made aware of the Notice to Candidates. There is a Notice to Candidates for Speaking and Listening and a Notice to Candidates for Reading and Writing.

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:



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