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GESE Grades 10-12: Advanced stage

What’s in the exam?

At Advanced stage, GESE exams include the following candidate tasks:

  • Topic presentation - on a prepared topic of the candidate’s choice
  • Topic discussion – about the presentation topic
  • Interactive task – ask questions and respond interactively
  • Listening task – listen and answer questions
  • Conversation - about two subjects selected from a list by the examiner



CEFR level



Grade 10


25 minutes


Grade 11


25 minutes


Grade 12


25 minutes

As they progress through the grades, candidates undertake tasks that require a more advanced use of language.

Teaching and learning resources – Grades 10-12


Resource type Resource name and link

Exam guide

GESE Exam Information - this booklet covers all GESE stages and grades.

Each stage section includes candidate profile, exam format, exam procedure, teacher guidance and assessment information. Each grade section specifies the communicative skills and language requirements to be demonstrated by the candidate at that level.


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English language publications

Sample lesson plans and classroom activities

These activities 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.

GESE Grade 10

GESE Grade 11

GESE Grade 12

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.

Topic form

The Topic form is not applicable at this level [GESE Grades 4, 5 and 6 only]

Sample prompts

Performance descriptors

Candidate Performance Descriptors are used by Trinity examiners to assess each candidate’s performance against the exam requirements.

Technical specifications

Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE) - regulatory information

Sample videos

GESE Speaking & Listening

These sample videos were filmed under exam conditions and show realistic exam situations. They are not model performances.

Use the marks and rationales document to see how the candidates were marked.




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