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PCO English Test, B1

The B1 English Language requirement is a must for all drivers!

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.

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. 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

10:30-until finish approx 3pm-5pm

Welcome, Registration and Coffee

Pre-Exam Revision: Speaking

Pre-Exam Revision: Listening

Coffee Break

Pre-Exam Revision: Reading

Pre-Exam Revision: Writing

Lunch Break

Writing Assessment

Reading Assessment

Listening Assessment

Speaking Assessments (Conducted 1:1, 9 Minutes each)

Get free preparation training on the same day of your B1 English Test. 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 exam, you will only re-sit that particular part at a reduced cost of £20.

PLEASE NOTE: We, The Vehicle Site, provide a booking service only. Your actual training/examination will be conducted/recorded by an independent company. All personal/examination data in relation to your course will be held independently by a third party company.

OPTION 2 – Provide Evidence Of Your Prior Qualification

If you have been taught any  GCSE or equivalent subject using the English Language, you could be exempt. Please reach out and we can discuss any certificate(s) you may already have. You may well be already exempt from the English requirement stipulated by TfL.

PCO English Test Requirement

All new and renewal applicants for the TfL Private Hire Licence from October 2016 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 all new and renewal applicantions received between October 2016 and July 2018 will still get their private hire licence but will have until the end of July 2018 to provide sufficient certification or proof of their ability to communicate in English.

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 you choose option 1 it’s £250 and everything is done in one day, FREE re-training Click here to book online.

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 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





City & Guilds:

For other AO’s please visit –

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 associate company or if you choose the one day course, with our Professional English Language Tutor.

1 day course, all training and examination is done on the same day.

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