How To Prepare For The Secure English Language Test (SELT) If You Are Planning On Moving To The UK

Over the last few weeks, we have taken the time to explain many things to those planning to move to the UK. Guided by Google and personal questions we have discovered that many are asking how to prepare and nail their Secure English Language Test (SELT) to prove their proficiency in English, a requirement by the UK government for some people intending to move to the UK.

As alluded to above, you will need to pass the SELTs if you want to move to the UK, if your degree or diploma was not awarded in English or if you cannot prove that the qualification was awarded in English. You will also need to take the test if you are moving to the UK without a degree or diploma, or if your qualification is not related to what you shall be doing in the UK. For example, if you have a degree in Education, but you are moving to the UK as a care worker, you will need to show the UK government that you can read, write and communicate in English.

In case you are wondering how to prepare for your Secure English Language Test, be ye guided by these 5 tips.

  1. Bear in mind you need to build real-life skills because you will need to constantly communicate in English. Do not take the test just to pass but to be proficient in communicating in English as well.
  2. Practice, practice practice. Take advantage of the internet and download and or buy material from approved institutions, colleges and universities offering SELT and use the tests to practice for the exam.
  3. Make British TV your favourite. By doing this you will get to know more about the British accent, how they pronounce some words and how the British naturally and effectively communicate. This way you are learning more about how the people you will spend the most time with speak English.
  4. Test your listening skills, listen to British podcasts etc and check if you are able to clearly hear and follow conversations conducted in British English. This will prepare you to listen follow and easily take instructions in British English.
  5. Keep your skills sharp by reading newspapers, blogs, books, having applications that challenge you on your phone and learning a new word every day till the day you take the test.

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