It is essential for public safety that all licensed drivers can communicate in English at an appropriate level. Communicating with passengers to discuss a route, or fare, as well as reading, understanding and being able to respond to important regulatory, safety and travel information sent by TfL is crucial to a driver's role in transporting the public.
An English language requirement applies to all applications for private hire drivers licenses received by TfL on, or after, 14 October 2016. This includes applications for both renewal and new licenses.
At Computer Learning Centre, we offer classroom based training to help you pass your test covering all 4 topics.
What is in the exam?
ISE I (BI) consists of two exam modules:
Speaking & Listening
Reading & Writing
The Speaking & Listening exam is a one-to-one interview with a Trinity examiner. The exam is in three parts:
recordings and take notes. The examiner will ask you about
The Reading & Writing exam takes 2 hours and has four parts:
based on the four texts in Task 2. 100–130 words
The exam takes the form of an unscripted conversation with a Trinity examiner and lasts for 10 minutes. There are two parts to the exam:
The Topic discussion: the candidate selects a topic of their choice to prepare in advance and discuss with the examiner. It can be on any subject that interests them but must allow them to demonstrate the language functions and communicative skills required for the grade.
The Conversation: the candidate engages in a one-to-one conversation based on two subject areas appropriate to the grade.
The GESE Exam Information booklet (PDF, 771KB) explains what each grade is like, and the level of language that is expected.
All Trinity certificates are valid for life but where they are used for immigration Trinity have recommended to the UK Home Office that only certificates less than two years old should be accepted.
Spouses applying for indefinite leave to remain will also need to pass the Life in the UK test - this is not a Trinity test.
Under current UK immigration rules and unless exempt, anyone applying for settlement or naturalisation must show that they have passed a speaking and listening qualification in English. Trinity’s GESE is recognised by the UK Home Office as a valid qualification for people who need to meet the English language requirement for settlement and naturalisation.
we also run preparation classes for A1 & A2 spouse applications