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Learning support resources for private hire drivers

What is in the exam?

ISE I (BI) consists of two exam modules:

  • Reading & Writing
  • Speaking & Listening

Candidates must pass both modules for an ISE I (B1) qualification.


Reading & Writing

2 hours:

  • 2 x Reading tasks
  • 1 x Reading into writing task
  • 1 x Writing task

Speaking & Listening

18 minutes:

  • 1 x Topic task
  • 1 x Conversation task
  • 2 x Listening tasks


ISE I (B1) learning resources


Resource type

Resource name and link

Test overview

Test overview - ISE I (B1) - an overview of your ISE I (B1) test, including tips.

Guide for students

Guide for Students - ISE I (B1) – SELT version
For candidates taking Secure English Language Test (SELT) ISE in the UK (ie where the whole test must be taken on one day). 

Self-study activities – Reading & Writing

Self-study activities – Speaking & Listening

Practice papers - Reading & Writing

Marked candidate responses

See examples of marked candidate responses to Reading & Writing exam tasks:

Example marked candidate responses - ISE I

Guidance on writing genres

Guidance on Writing genres – what to consider when writing a response in a specific genre for the exam – eg a letter, email, essay, review, report, etc.

Topic form - Speaking & Listening

Topic Form - ISE I - for practice and for candidates to complete and take with them to the exam as discussion prompts for the examiner.

Practice audio activities - for exam listening tasks

Use these examples to practise the Independent listening tasks:

Independent listening task 1 - Giraffes

Independent listening task 1 - Emus

Independent listening task 1 - Cheese Rolling Festival

Independent listening task 1 - Charles Dickens

Independent listening task 1 - Basketball

Independent listening task 1 - Burlington Arcade

Independent listening task 2 - Inspire Kids

Independent listening task 2 - Child language learning

Independent listening task 2 - Tigers

Independent listening task 2 - Shakespeare

Independent listening task 2 - First colour film

Sample videos

These videos show the format of the test. They are not intended to show model exam performance.

Watch sample videos below and use the following rationale documents to see how they were marked:



Download here the ISE I (B1) sample paper used in the sample videos below.

Transcriptions of the sample videos above are available to download below:


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