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Skills for English test approved

The Irish government has approved Skills for English™ language tests at level B1 and B2 for study visa purposes. This means that international students wishing to study on an approved English course at an Irish university or institute of technoology can choose to take either Skills for English: SELT or Skills for English: Global as part of the application process, which will also give them the right to work part-time. 

The two tests have been produced by PSI Services (PSI), a global provider of assessment services, together with the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). International Skills for English: SELT is the Secure English Language Test (SELT) that PSI and SQA deliver on behalf of the UK Government for visa applicants through PSI’s network of test centres across 120 countries.

Skills for English: Global, is the latest PSI English language test. Based on the SELT exam, it’s designed for academic direct entry and domestic use, and is delivered either through the same test centre network or via online proctoring, allowing tests to be taken at a test taker’s home. 

“We are delighted to have received formal approval from the Department of Justice. Being accepted for study visa purposes in Ireland is a key strategic pillar for Skills for English as it will afford international students even greater accessibility to one of the top destination markets globally for English language teaching and higher education,” says PSI’s president, Janet Garcia.

John McMorris, Director of Business Development at the Scottish Qualifications Authority, says the Irish Government’s approval of the B1 and B2 Four Facet Skills for English™ language tests for study visas was a significant development and builds on an already successful relationship between SQA and PSI.

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Melanie Butler
Melanie Butler
Melanie started teaching EFL in Iran in 1975. She worked for the BBC World Service, Pearson/Longman and MET magazine before taking over at the Gazette in 1987 and also launching Study Travel magazine. Educated in ten schools in seven countries, she speaks fluent French and Spanish and rather rusty Italian.
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