Trinity Exam Preparation Courses
Trinity’s Secure English Language Tests (SELTs), which are accepted internationally as reliable evidence of ability in English, assess and develop the skills needed for effective communication in real life.
The exams (ISE & GESE) are intended for candidates who have learnt English as a foreign, second or additional language. With Trinity’s growing international reputation, these qualifications are now being accepted by more and more universities, employers and governments around the world.
Transport for London (TfL) announced in 2016 that all new applicants, and existing private hire drivers applying to renew their licence for the first time since the introduction of this requirement, must meet the B1 English language requirement. Trinity’s ISE I Secure English Language Test (SELT) has been approved by TfL for this purpose.
In addition, Trinity’s ISE and GESE qualifications are accepted by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for visa purposes (Tiers 1, 2 & 4), Further Leave to Remain, Indefinite Leave to Remain and British Citizenship.
Trinity ISE (Integrated Skills in English)
Trinity’s Integrated Skills in English (ISE) is a contemporary four skills qualification intended for young people and adults – typically at school, college or university. It is also suitable for teachers and other adults who require a respected English language qualification.
ISE assesses students’ ability to interact in English in an authentic and meaningful way through the use of integrated reading and writing tasks and integrated speaking and listening tasks. Preparing for ISE builds real-life English skills and transferable skills required for academic study and employability.
ISE is available at five levels from A2 to C2 on the Common European Framework (CEFR), so there is a level for every learner.
ISE consists of two exam modules: Reading & Writing and Speaking & Listening.
The exam modules can be taken together, or at different times, when students are ready, (except when taken as a SELT test in the UK, where they must be taken on the same day).
Students must pass both modules to gain an ISE qualification.
- Transport for London
- The test and test day
- Reading & writing self-study material
- Speaking & listening self-study material
- Book your ISE test
Trinity GESE (Graded Exam in Spoken English)
Trinity’s Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE) are one-to-one, face-to-face assessments of speaking and listening skills with a Trinity examiner.
Preparation for these exams and achievement of GESE qualifications supports people wishing to develop their proficiency in English language speaking – for personal goals, study, travel, employment, settlement or for visa application purposes.
GESE exams are available at 12 levels, from Grade 1 to Grade 12 (pre-A1 to C2 CEFR proficiency levels). Grouped by development stage, GESE grade qualifications offer a progressive framework for the development of English language skills.
Trinity’s GESE exams are designed to complement general English language courses, and exam preparation focuses on the development of communicative skills and building confidence among candidates. Though there is no requirement to have passed lower levels, or other qualifications, guidance is offered about the knowledge and skills required at each proficiency level.
GESE exams take the form of an unscripted conversation with a Trinity examiner and tests take between 5 and 25 minutes depending on the grade.
At each stage, candidates carry out a number of speaking and listening tasks that show their fluency, accuracy and ability to communicate in English.
Task components include:
-The Conversation: An opportunity to demonstrate a realistic exchange of information, ideas and opinions at an appropriate level for the grade.
-The Topic: Before the exam, the candidate prepares a topic of their choice – this is used as the basis for discussion and as the basis of a presentation at Advanced stage.
-The Interactive task: A prompt from the examiner initiates candidate-led speaking and listening interactions – requiring an authentic exchange of information and opinions.
-The Listening task: Short, spoken passages prompt the candidate to demonstrate prediction, deduction and inference skills (only at Advanced stage).
As they move up the grades, candidates undertake tasks that require a more advanced use of language. At higher grades, they are expected to take more responsibility for developing and directing the conversation, rather than simply responding to a series of questions.
- The GESE – step by step
- GESE grades 1-3 study material
- GESE grades 4-6 study material
- GESE grades 7-9 study material
- GESE grades 10-12 study material
- Book your GESE test