TRINITY Tests

ESOL English language qualifications
(English for speakers of other languages)

 

Trinity College London is an international exam board operating in over 60 countries. These qualifications are widely recognised by employers, universities and higher education and government institutions worldwide. This qualification is regulated by Ofqual, assessing English language since 1938

Who are Trinity exams for?

Trinity ESOL exams - GESE, ISE, SEW and Skills for Life - are intended for candidates who have learnt English as a foreign, second or additional language.

Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

An English language exam for the 21st century Trinity’s Integrated Skills in English (ISE) qualification is a contemporary multi-skills language exam designed for people who need English language skills for study. With a strong focus on real language performance and promoting the development of transferable skills for academic study and employability, ISE assesses the communicative skills needed to succeed in the 21st century.

An ISE level for every student ISE is intended for young people and adults, typically at school, college or university, who are learning and using English in their studies. It is also suitable for adults who require a respected English language qualification. ISE is available at five levels from A2 to C2 on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) — so there’s a level for every student as they progress.

There are two ISE modules: Speaking & Listening and Reading & Writing. With a level for every ability, people can take each module when they are ready.

Assessment summary

Reading & Writing

ISE Foundation (A2)

ISE I (B1)

ISE II (B2)

ISE III (C1)

  2 Reading tasks + 1 Reading into writing task + 1 Writing task   
2 hours

 

 Speaking & Listening   

 ISE Foundation (A2)

 ISE I (B1)

 ISE II (B2)

 ISE III (C1)

 Speaking = 
2 tasks
Listening = 
2 tasks
13 minutes

Speaking = 
2 tasks
Listening = 
2 tasks
18 minutes

Speaking = 
3 tasks
Listening = 
1 task
20 minutes

Speaking = 
3 tasks
Listening = 
1 task
25 minutes

 

ISE IV (C2) has a different format.

 

Key features

◗ Assesses integrated skills in English ISE assesses students’ ability to interact in English in an authentic and meaningful way, through integrated reading and writing exam tasks and integrated speaking and listening tasks.

◗ Personalised discussion with an expert speaker. The ISE discussion task is an authentic, personalised, one-to-one conversation with a Trinity examiner, focusing on students’ own experiences, interests and opinions.

◗ Feedback on student performance. Trinity is unique in providing detailed feedback on student performance after Speaking & Listening exams in a 30-minute teacher support session.

◗ Detailed results and certificates. The module certificates show separate results for reading, writing, speaking and listening. Students also receive a detailed diagnostic report for each skill showing strengths and areas for improvement. When both modules have been passed at the same level, an Integrated Skills in English qualification is awarded.

 

Benefits

◗ Builds real-life communication skills Preparing for ISE develops relevant English language skills in a real-life context that students need for study at school and university and later for employment.

◗ Contemporary ISE supports contemporary teaching strategies such as Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) activities, and develops cognitive processes from basic recall and understanding through to synthesis and evaluation.

◗ Flexible Students can build ISE qualifications over time, taking exam modules whenever they are ready — together, or at different times.

◗ Allows students to perform at their best Students can choose and prepare their own discussion topic for the Speaking & Listening module. This motivates them to learn and helps them to feel confident that they will perform at their best.

 

Recognition

UK institutions

Trinity’s Integrated Skills in English (ISE) qualification is recognised and valued by 95% of universities in the UK, including the London School of Economics (LSE), University College London (UCL), University of St Andrews, University of Warwick and King's College London (KCL). The exam’s international popularity continues to grow as well, and it is accepted increasingly by top-ranking universities worldwide.

 

 

Higher Education institutions which recognise ISE
UK institutions | Irish institutions