B1 SELT – GESE Grade 5  

You must pass a Secure English Language Test (SELT) in at least CEFR level B1 in Speaking and Listening for:

  • Indefinite Leave to Remain (to settle) or British Citizenship 


GESE Grade 5 exam = CEFR B1.

What is in the exam?

The exam is 10 minutes long. There are two parts:

  • You must complete a Topic Form in advance and bring it with you to the exam.

  • You will discuss the topic with your examiner

  • The examiner will choose two subjects areas to have a short conversation with you.

GESE Grade 5

  • 10 minute speaking and listening test

  • Provisional test result are emailed the day after the test Day

  • Certificate sent within 7 days after the exam

  • Speaking & Listening test only

Topic Phase (about 5 minutes)

  • Select a topic, fill in the form in advance, take it to the exam and give it to the examiner.

  • You will need to talk to the examiner about the topic you have chosen and ask at least one question 

  • The examiner will ask questions and will talk to you about at least four things on your Topic Form.

  • Need to use Grade 5 language.

Conversation Phase (about 5 minutes)

The examiner will choose any two of the following six subjects to talk to you about:

Festivals Means of transport

Special occasions, eg birthday celebrations

Entertainment, eg cinema, television, clubs


Recent personal experiences

Ask the examiner at least one question about the subjects.

Results and certificates

After the test you will receive a report with you provisional result - Pass or Fail

You should expect to receive your Certificate through the post within 10 days.