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PCO English Test

PCO English Test


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

PCO English Test Requirement

All new and renewal applicants for the TfL Private Hire Licence from the 14th October 2016 will need to provide evidence of their ability to communicate in English i.e the PCO English Test Requirment. 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 March 2017 to provide sufficient certification or proof of their ability to communicate in English.

Applicants from the 1st of April 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?

TfL have approved two interim English language test providers: Trinity College London and IELTS (International English Language Test System).

Trinity College London’s ISE I qualification will be accepted by TfL as evidence of meeting the new English language requirement. Find out more about Trinity, and how you can book the ISE I language test.

IELTS Academic and General Training tests are both accepted by TfL as evidence of meeting the new English language requirement. Find out more about IELTS, and how you can book their tests.

Applicants may satisfy TfL of their ability to meet the requirement by providing:

A certificate from one of TfL’s secure English language test providers confirming that the applicant’s level of proficiency in the English language is at level B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: (“CEFR”) or above; or;
Documentary evidence of a qualification (whether or not the qualification was obtained in the United Kingdom) on the basis of which TfL is satisfied that the applicant’s level of proficiency in the English language is equivalent to level B1 on the CEFR or above.

The above is TfL’s guidance on how to satisfy the English language requirement. You can do this by either sitting the test with a secure TfL-appointed provider, or by providing satisfactory documentary evidence of your ability to speak, listen, read and write to the appropriate level in English.

The following packages are available:

Please note, the English, Speaking & Listening + Reading & Writing exam & tuition fees area all FREE.

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.

What will the PCO English Test Cost?

If you book through our company the cost for the examination is FREE and you’ll benefit from FREE training classes. 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

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 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 are much higher 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.

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 within 15-21 working days. However, you will have to attend a course in order to pass.

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 18 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.

Remember, the English Language Training and Examination is FREE. Just give us a call and let’s get you booked in.
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