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PCO English Test

PCO English Test

All New & Renewal PCO Licence applicants are required to meet the new PCO English Test. The current level set by TfL is the B1. You can take the PCO English Test + Course with us. You’ll receive a Nationally Recognised Certificate covering all 4 modules; Reading & Writing and Speaking & Listening. This qualification is 100% acceptable by TfL.

You have 2 options.


For those of you who simply cannot afford to take 3 weeks out of your personal time, we have a quick solution.

We are pleased to affiliate with Mr King, in order to offer PCO Drivers an alternative route to Pass the PCO English Test. Mr King is a former teacher and Headteacher, highly experienced in teaching English as a foreign language both in the UK and abroad. He has led schools to successful British Council and other accreditation, namely Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance (HABC) and British Institute of Innkeeping (BII). This centre is approved by Gatehouse Awards to offer B1 examination and certification at our venue. Additionally the centre is accredited to ISO 9001:2015, ensuring candidates of quality management systems. Mr King brings extensive experience of training and examination in both the English language and licensing fields, making him an obvious choice to support candidates in gaining their B1 certification.

What to expect on the B1 Fast Track Day

09:30-10:00 Welcome, Registration and Coffee

10:00-10:45 Pre-Exam Revision: Speaking

10:45-11.30 Pre-Exam Revision: Listening

11:30-12:00 Coffee Break

12:00-12:45 Pre-Exam Revision: Reading

12:45-13:30 Pre-Exam Revision: Writing

13:30-14:00 Lunch Break

14:00-14:50 Writing Assessment

14:50-15:30 Reading Assessment

15:30-15:50 Listening Assessment

15:50-17:00 Speaking Assessments (Conducted 1:1, 9 Minutes each)

Get free preparation training on the same day of your B1 English Test. You do the Training & Test on the same day! That’s the Speaking, Listening, Reading & Writing. Furthermore, you only pay £250 once. If you fail any part of the exams, you will only re-sit that particular part and it’s FREE for re-training and the re-sit!

For convenience this option is available on weekends, all you need to do is book in and get the job done.


We have teamed up with a Nationally Recognised Awarding Body in East London. They are a training and examination centre. We’ll ensure that you not only get the best possible training preparation for the exams but also at no extra cost!

If you’re ready to get this sorted, give us a call and we’ll instruct our affiliate company based in Barking. They will then:

1/ Carry out an initial Assessment to assess your current level of English
2/ Arrange for your FREE Training Classes
3/ Book you in for the FREE Examinations
4/ Issue your English Language Certificate for FREE

This option requires all candidates to attend a 3 week course Monday to Friday. At the end of the 3 weeks you will sit the Exams for Speaking, Listening, Reading & Writing.

PCO English Test Requirement

All new and renewal applicants for the TfL Private Hire Licence from September 2017 will need to provide evidence of their ability to communicate in English i.e the PCO English Test Requirement. This will include Reading, Writing, Speaking & Listening. TfL has also set a transitional period, which means new and renewal applicants will get their private hire licence but will have until the end of September 2017 to provide sufficient certification or proof of their ability to communicate in English.

Applicants from the 1st of October 2017 will need to have the evidence ready at the time of applying to become a Private Hire Driver in London.

The English Language Requirement is for ALL new and renewal drivers, regardless of if they where born in the UK or have UK Citizenship.

Where do I take the PCO English Test?

Choose one of the 2 options above and give us a call. We provide a hassle free solution for meeting the PCO English Language requirement.

What will the PCO English Test Cost?

If choose option 2 it’s completely FREE but takes 3 weeks to complete and if you choose option 1 it’s £250 and everything is done on the same day, FREE re-training & Re-Test Click here to book online.

What proof do I need to show Tfl?

You will need to provide a B1 English Language (CEFR proficient) Certificate from a TfL approved test centre or equivalent.

For individuals who have studied in the UK at a secondary school level and have completed their GCSE (or similar) with a A* to G grade may provide this as it is the closest to a B1 level qualification.

If you have studied at the B1 or GCSE level at an English speaking school abroad, you may also submit any certification for this qualification and it will be considered by TfL.

Students who have studied their ESOL may also provide their original B1 certificate as evidence and it will also be considered by TfL

Unlike other companies out there, we are not concerned about making money from you but more concerned that you can successfully meet the new English Language requirement in time. Click here to book online.

Examples Of Acceptable Qualifications

This is a list of examples of suitable evidence you can supply to prove you meet the requirement. Please note, the list is not exhaustive. The subject of the qualification does not matter as long as it was taught in English.

UK GCSE/O level (or equivalent) certificate at grades A* to G
UK AS-Level/A level certificate
UK NVQ*/B-Tech/City & Guilds qualification, along with confirmation from the awarding body that the qualification provided is equivalent to GCSE or above (for example, a Blue Badge Guide qualification)
UK BA Hons, BSc Hons degree or higher i.e. master’s, PhD
UK HNC/HND qualification
SELT certificate at B1 level or higher, issued by Trinity College London or IELTS showing proficiency in reading, writing, speaking and listening

I’ve lost my GCSE result certificates; what can I do?

You can get in touch with the accrediting body who will be able to re-issue your certificate. There are 4 main AO’s in England; they are AQA, OCR, WJEC and Edexcel. Links are below





For other AO’s please visit –

Is the PCO English Test difficult?

The Private Hire English Requirement set by TfL requires a little work from you. The higher end of the B1 standard of testing is naturally a higher standard and therefore candidates may feel a little less confident. However with a little initiative and hard work on the English course we offer, you will be able to pass the test. Rob will get you passed in no time!

What is the English Test for Private Hire Drivers?

You will be tested on Reading & Writing and Speaking & Listening.

The test itself can be completed in a day and if you pass you will receive your certificates soon after.

How long is the TfL English Language Test?

The TfL English Language test for Reading & Writing test will last approx 2 hours, you will get 2 reading tasks, 1 reading into writing task and 1 writing task.

The Speaking & Listening test will be around 9 minutes, you will need to do 1 task around a topic of your choice, 1 conversation task and 2 listening tasks.

How do I revise for TfL English Language Test?

We’ll arrange for professional training with our affiliate company. They provide free training so don’t panic. You simply need to put some time and effort into it.

As a part of your revision you will need to attend some classes and do mock exams to prepare for the real thing. You will be advised when you’re ready to take the real exam.

As ever, we always aim to make things easier for our clients. Please give us a call for further information.

B1 English Language Enquiries: 0203 780 1055