Updated: Aug 10
If you are in the UK on a visa, then eventually you will need to ask for that visa to be extended. If you are asking for Indefinite Leave to Remain (ILR) or are taking the final step and naturalising (Welcome!) then one part of your application is to pass a SELT (Secure English Language Test), and for ILR and naturalisation, a popular test to take is the Trinity GESE B1 test.
This test is a conversation test, so there is no reading, or writing, and it is only 10 minutes long. Your 10 minutes with the examiner will be 5 minutes talking on a topic of your choosing, then 5 minutes talking about 2 topics that the examiner chooses.
In the first stage, before you go for the test, you need to prepare a topic sheet. You can pick any topic. Many people choose to pick a hobby, or to talk about their family, hometown, or where they live now. But it really is up to you. You will also have to think of 5 sub-topics that are part of the main topic you pick.
In the second stage, you have 5 minutes to discuss 2 topics that the examiner picks. There is nothing for you to do here, just discuss them with the examiner! The 6 topics the examiner can pick from are: festivals, means of transport, special occasions (such as birthdays), entertainment, music, or recent personal experiences.
So, how can we help? Well, Notting Hill College is a recognised test preparation centre for the Trinity GESE B1 test, so we understand it very well. If you ask us for help, then we will help you prepare as much as possible for the test!
First of all, we will work with you to prepare your topic, and then we will help you prepare for the test itself. The examiners can use a variety of approaches, and so do we. We will practice as many as possible using the same styles as the examiners to make sure you are ready!
For the second part, where the examiner will pick 2 topics from 6, again, we understand the approaches the examiners take, so will practice a variety. Guiding you through, help you with your English as we go.
We will also help you with trial tests to make sure you are ready. Using trial tests helps identify areas where you are strong, and areas that need further work, so in the classroom we can ensure you are ready for the big day.
We do try to make sure that in the classroom it is hard. It is our belief that by making it difficult, when you go for the test itself, you will sail through easily!
Looking to sort out your visa is hard. We can help make one part of it just a little bit easier.