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Skills for English: SELT

All students entering Year 1 of the SQA Advanced Diploma in China must meet SQA's English language requirements. You can meet these requirements by taking the Skills for English Secure English Language Test (SELT) developed and quality-assured by SQA in partnership with PSI - a global provider of assessment services, leading-edge technology, and talent management solutions.

Skills for English is a Secure English Language Test (SELT) designed for people whose first language is not English, and who need to demonstrate their English language ability for a range of purposes, including work, study or to live in the UK. 

SELTs are aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level descriptors. There are six levels: A1, A2, B1, B2, C1, C2 with A1 being the lowest, and C2 the highest. At levels A1 and A2 only the skills of speaking and listening are assessed. You can find further details on how the test is structured, delivered and assessed in the Skills for English Test Specification (PDF file).

English entry requirement for the SQA Advanced Diploma

You must achieve a minimum of a Level B1, covering all four skills components: Speaking, Listening, Writing, Reading, and pass with Merit (B1+), to enter the SQA Advanced Diploma (China) programme.

Why choose Skills for English: SELT?

  • The test is simple, quick and affordable and is quality assured by SQA
  • Guidelines, learning material and practice tests are available to help you prepare for your test. 
  • Online booking available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • 24 test centres available in China
  • Results available in as little as 3-5 days
  • Skills for English: SELT tests are suitable for all types of visa application, including for studying, working and living in the UK
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SQA has developed learning content and formative tests across all levels including diagnostic test, specifications, language learning and practice tests.

Guidelines and learning material for the Skills for English: SELT test have been created to support you with test preparation. These include a series of fun and interactive activities to help improve test reading and listening skills, grammar, and vocabulary, and provide opportunities for writing and speaking practice.


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Universities who accept Skills for English: SELT

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The Skills for English: SELT test has been designed to meet the English language requirements of higher education institutions as part of their admission process. A growing number of universities and education institutions in the UK already accept Skills for English: SELT as part of their admission process.


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