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GESE Grades 7-9: Intermediate

GESE Grade CEFR Level
Grade 7 B2.1
Grade 8 B2.2
Grade 9 B2.3

GESE Intermediate stage exams are for people with a strong ‘Independent User’ English language ability. At this stage, they are expected to share responsibility for maintaining and developing the conversation.

Exam structure

The exam takes the form of an unscripted conversation with a Trinity examiner and lasts for 15 minutes. There are three parts to the exam.

The Topic discussion: the candidate selects a topic of their choice to prepare in advance and discuss with the examiner. It can be on any subject that interests them but must allow them to demonstrate the language functions and communicative skills required for the grade.

The Interactive task: the candidate has to respond spontaneously to a task they have not seen before. It's their responsibility to maintain the interaction - they're expected to make comments and ask questions.

The Conversation: the candidate engages in a one-to-one conversation based on two subject areas appropriate to the grade.

The GESE Exam information booklet (PDF, 799KB) contains the content and format of the exams, plus guidance notes for teachers and the exam rules and regulations.

Sample videos

These were filmed under exam conditions with genuine candidates – they’re not model performances. The marks and rationales document (PDF, 1.1MB) explains how they were marked. 



Trinity examiners use the Candidate Performance Descriptors (PDF, 24KB) to assess each candidate’s performance.

Guide for teachers

The Guide for teachers, Grades 7-9, contains classroom activities and explains what students can expect in their GESE exam.

Sample Interactive Task prompts

Sample prompts for the Interactive task phase (PDF, 681KB) for exam practice.

Sample lesson plans

These lesson plans complement communicative teaching practices. They don’t cover all exam requirements – use the GESE Exam information booklet to ensure that you cover all the exam content.

1: Choosing topics (PDF, 102KB) 

2: Developing topics (PDF, 282KB) 

3: Interactive task (PDF, 153KB) 

4: Preparing the conversation (PDF, 241KB) 

Additional resources

The following additional classroom activities for speaking are informed by the Trinity Lancaster Corpus research project. Learning from prior assessment results, these activities focus on practising aspects of speaking that will help students improve their communication skills in all situations.



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