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GESE Grades 10-12: Advanced

GESE Grade CEFR Level
Grade 10 C1.1
Grade 11 C1.2
Grade 12 C2

GESE Advanced stage exams are for people with ‘advanced/proficient’ English language ability. At these grades, the candidate is expected to understand fully the examiner’s contributions and demonstrate accurate use of a wide variety of complex language. They need to express themselves spontaneously and fluently, and maintain and develop the discussion independently.

Exam structure

The exam takes the form of an unscripted conversation and a listening task with a Trinity examiner and lasts for 25 minutes. There are five parts to the exam:

The Topic presentation: the candidate prepares in advance to give a presentation on a topic of their choice.

The Topic discussion: the candidate discusses the content of their presentation in more detail and responds to the examiner's questions and comments.

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 Listening task: the candidate listens to three short passages read by the examiner and responds by completing the passage or answering a question.

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, 34KB) explain how they were marked. 



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

Sample prompts

Prompts for the Interactive Task (PDF, 575KB) 

Prompts for the Listening Task (PDF, 2MB)


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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