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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 - Speaking & Listening

These videos show the format of the Speaking & Listening 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:

Videos - Reading & Writing

These videos show the format of the Reading & Writing exam, together with ideas to help you prepare.

  • Watch the guides below
  • Download the ISE I (B1) sample paper used in the videos.


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


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