Supporting London’s TAXI drivers pass the SELT B1

English Studio Holborn is proud to support our cities private hire taxi drivers keep the capital moving. We are providing a unique service to help existing licence holders and new applicants assess their current level against the SELT B1 exam. This service allows drivers to better judge their current ability against pass requirements which means an improved pass rate and less expense!

What do you need to know?

Transport for London (TfL) announced in 2016 that all new applicants, and existing private hire drivers applying to renew their licence for the first time since the introduction of this requirement, must meet the B1 English language requirement. Trinity’s ISE I Secure English Language Test (SELT) has been approved by TfL for this purpose.


What is the exam?

ISE I (BI) consists of two exam modules:

  • Reading & Writing
  • Speaking & Listening

Candidates must pass both modules for an ISE I (B1) qualification.

ModuleReading & WritingSpeaking & Listening  
Duration2 Hours18 Minutes
Content2 x Reading tasks
1 x Reading into writing tasks
1 x Writing task
1 x Topic task
1 x Conversation task
2 x Listening tasks

Exam Preparation

Essential to exam preparation is guidance provided by the ‘Preparing For Trinity ISE1 (B1) – Students Book and CD’. This can be purchased from The English Studio Holborn to allow drivers to take advantage of our pre-exam level assessment service.

Purchase of the book from English Studio will allow you to access FREE pre-exam assessments and feedback on your current level. This will help better inform your preparation time in the lead up to an exam. In our experience we have found that reading and writing are areas of the exam in which drivers most commonly fall short of a pass mark. English Studio has developed specially designed weekly sessions to support drivers develop skills in these areas, details below;

Essential Exam Preparation course at English Studio

Where: The English Studio, 113 High Holborn, London, WC1V 6JQ
When: Every Monday from 12:30 until 14:30
Cost: £25 for 2 weeks (2 hours per week)

More details of our Essential Exam Preparation Course and FREE pre-exam assessment service can be found in our factsheet here

If you would like more information or to speak to one of our team please get in touch

Email:  Tel: +44 (0) 207 404 9759

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