What is the A2 English Test?

The A2 English Test is one level up from A1 Test. The Home Office has introduced the A2 test so that applicants can improve upon their English language further after passing the A1 test for their original UK visa application. You can only do A2 English tests in the UK at Trinity College London or IELTS SELT Test Centres. Old or other ESOL qualifications will not be accepted by the Home Office.

The Trinity College London A2 English Test is called GESE Grade 3 and is a 7 minute Speaking & Listening Test, one to one with an experienced Trinity college examiner. We pride ourselves here at London pioneer College on assisting candidates with comprehensive A2 English Test preparation materials in order to ace their tests the first time around.


Who needs to do it?

Applicants extending their spouse visa before the expiration of their first two and a half years spouse visa must do the A2 English test at a Home Office approved centre or their application will be refused, and they might be given a discretionary visa or a 10-year route partner visa instead.

Applicants on a 5 year Parent of a Dependent Visa must complete the A2 English test before their first 2 and a half year visa expires, and again this must be done at a Home Office approved centre or their application will be refused, and they might be given a discretionary visa or a 10-year route parent visa.

Give us a call on 0208 594 0036 to find out which other applications require the A2 English Test.


How London Pioneer College Can help you prepare

Here at London Pioneer College, based in Barking, East London, we provide a free 10-minute immigration advice consultation to establish what Home Office visa best applies to you and to understand what application you need to submit to the Home Office.

Once we establish which extension application you need to submit (i.e., a 5-year spouse visa route or parent dependent on a child route, or a 10-year marriage visa route) then we can enroll you on the English A2 course.

We have prepared and helped many candidates pass the A2 test first time since it was introduced by the Home Office. Our detailed A2 English Test preparation materials allow easy learning and secure your ability to pass the exam with flying colours. We will go through the questions and answers that the Trinity College examiners will ask and ensure you know how to communicate back to them.

Once you are prepared, we will do a mock test similar to the real test and assist in booking your A2 English test – you can count on us to be there for you every step of the way.


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Call us for more information: 0208 594 0036

The above information is correct at the time of publishing. For up-to-date information regarding the A2 English test, please check the Home Office’s official website.