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Original format ISE - until 31 August 2015

The information on this page is for original format ISE exams until 31 August 2015. Entries for ISE in this format are now closed. Exam sessions for revised format ISE are from:

  • 6 April 2015 in the UK
  • 1 September 2015 internationally (bookings from 1 July 2015)

Please click here for revised ISE.

If you are taking ISE as a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for UK Home Office purposes, visit the Trinity SELT pages.


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.


Lesson plans

View our ISE Lesson Plans which provide some suggestions for lesson activities to help students prepare for the Integrated Skills in English (ISE) exams.

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