Original format ISE - until 31 August 2015
The information on this page is for the original format ISE exam, available until 31 August. For information about the new exam, available from 1 September, please click here.
Trinity's ISE exams assess all four language skills – Speaking, Writing, Listening and Reading – interacting with each other as they do in the real world. An ISE exam forms a natural part of any course of English language study, undertaken in a group or individually.
The ISE Exam Information booklet (PDF, 993KB) sets out the content and format of the exams, and contains guidance notes for teachers and the exam rules and regulations. The ISE Centre Handbook (PDF 740KB) and Code of Practice (PDF) give full information on how to administer and run an ISE exam session.
Introduction to ISE
The exam structure
The exams include a portfolio element as as well as tasks carried out under exam conditions. This ensures that wide and varied sample of learner work is taken fully into account.
Preparation for the exam supports the programme of work chosen by the teacher and learner, rather than interfering with it.
Please make sure you download all the documentation associated with the three components of the ISE exams:
1. Portfolio Tasks
2. Controlled Written Exam
3. Spoken Interview
Learners can choose to take ISE exams on their own or combine them with the Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE) if they also need to demonstrate oral ability at levels other than those corresponding to the ISE levels.
ISE 0, ISE I, ISE II, ISE III and ISE IV correspond to Grades 4, 6, 8, 11 and 12 of the spoken exams (GESE).
The ISE FAQ (PDF, 81KB) contain full details of how the exams work.
There are three possible results for any ISE exam: Pass with Merit, Pass and Fail. Your overall result is based on the grades you got in the different tasks - the ISE interview conversion tables (PDF, 220KB) show how we calculate this.
View our ISE Lesson Plans which provide some suggestions for lesson activities to help students prepare for the Integrated Skills in English (ISE) exams.