In June 2013, the Home Office will launch its re-tendering exercise for approved secure English language test providers.

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.

Changes to the list of test providers will be effective from 6 April 2014.

Below are some of the requirements to be met by those applying to become a test provider:

  • have established test centres in at least 40 different countries;
  • have the capacity to provide at least 2,400 tests per year; and
  • have a secure online verification system for use by the Home Office that meets the requirements as set out in the document entitled 'Secure English Language Testing Verification Website

For information on the Home Office's mandatory requirements and technical specification, please click here.