What is A1 Test?

A1 Test refers to the English Language Test which is a Home Office requirement if applying for the first spouse visa application or other initial applications. Call us to find out if you need to do A1 test 0208 594 0036.

What is A1?

A1 is a level equivalent to Entry 1. You can do A1 Test with Trinity College London or IELTS in UK or only IELTS if you are overseas.

Who needs to do it?

We can book you in for a free 10 minute immigration consultation to find out which application is best to apply for and which test to do. The list below gives a general idea on who needs to do the A1 test.

  • First spouse visa application (most cases has to be done overseas or in Home Country)
  • First Parent of a Dependent Application
  • First Tier 2 Sportsperson visa application
  • other applications (call us to confirm)

How is A1 Test conducted?

The Trinity College London GESE tests are on the Home Office Approved list of English Language Tests.

The GESE (Graded Examination in Spoken English) Grade 2 which is equivalent to A1 is only a 6 minute Speaking & Listening Test conducted by a Trinity College London Examiner.

Home Office only require you to provide a A1 Speaking & Listening Test certificate.

How can LPC prepare you?

London Pioneer College was a SELT centre before and we used to prepare and conduct the Trinity College London Test at our centre.

We had a very high pass rate and we constantly got feedback from Trinity Examiners on all candidates performances and how to improve.

We provide A1 classes tailored to suit individuals needs and circumstances and will teach at a pace which the candidate is comfortable at. We have helped candidates prepare for the A1 test in a few days or some in weeks but the main objective is to pass the A1 test and get A1 certificate first time, which we specialise in.

After the test LPC can help you prepare and submit to Home Office your spouse visa application or extension of spouse visa or parent visa application or extension whether you are on the 5 year or 10 year route.

Sample Tests
This is an old A1 test to give you a rough idea what to expect – the new test is similar but not exactly the same

Results & Certificates

Candidates will get their test results and report straight after they finish their A1 test and the certificate will be posted to their home address usually after 5 working days from the date the test was given.


The above information is correct at the time of publishing and for up to date information please check Home Office website or call us.