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Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

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. 


If you are preparing for ISE as a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for visa purposes in the UK visit UK visa tests.

 

Overview and resources  

There are 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.

ISE is available at five levels from A2 to C2 on the Common European Framework (CEFR), so there is a level for every learner. 

Click on a link below to find information and resources for that level:


ISE Foundation (A2) | ISE I (B1) | ISE II (B2) | ISE III (C1) | ISE IV (C2)

 

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

 Note: ISE IV (C2) has a different format.

 

Results and certificates

When a student passes an exam module they a receive module certificates showing separate results for reading, writing, speaking and listening. When a student has passed both exam modules at the same level, a Trinity Integrated Skills in English qualification is awarded and a full ISE certificate is issued.  

Together with the results for each module exam we also provide a detailed diagnostic profile report for each student which shows their strengths and areas for improvement across each subset of skills.

Find out more about scoring and results:

Find out more about diagnostic reports and how to use them:

 

Exam fees and dates

For information about exam fees and local availability, please contact your local Trinity office. For Reading & Writing exam dates and guidance about booking and running ISE exam sessions, visit exam administration.

 

Introductory videos

An introduction to ISE and a brief overview of the two exam modules:

Reading & Writing

Speaking & Listening

 

The information and guidance on these pages refers to current ISE. See withdrawal arrangements for original format ISE - exams ended 31 August 2015.

 

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