This summer (2013), the Home Office will carry out a re-tendering exercise for approved secure English language test providers.
The re-tendering exercise will ensure all approved providers offer a high quality service, with secure and consistent tests and testing arrangements. It will also enhance the security requirements and establish more robust criteria for the administration of English language tests.
The re-tendering exercise will affect secure English language tests for:
- Tiers 1, 2 and 4 of the points-based system; and
- Spouses and partners of British citizens and persons settled in the UK.
For details of the re-tendering exercise and the mandatory requirements organisations must meet, please see our commercial partners page.
Information for applicants
If you are currently applying to take a secure English language test with one of our approved providers, these changes will not affect you if you apply for leave to enter or remain before 6 April 2014. Changes to the list of test providers will happen on 6 April 2014.
Please monitor this website for further information.