Trinity's Integrated Skills in English (ISE) qualifications and Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE) are recognised around the world as evidence of English language proficiency.
ISE and GESE exams are taken by hundreds of thousands of candidates worldwide each year and numbers are growing in China, Hong Kong SAR, India, UAE, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Mexico, and South America.
Trinity's ISE is a contemporary multi-skills qualification that evidences English language communication skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) required by universities and promotes the development of other transferable skills for study.
Download the ISE Guide for Higher Education and Universities.
Listen to why Trinity's ISE is selected as a preferred option when it comes to authentic and transferable skills for real life.
ISE is widely accepted by high ranking institutions, including UCL, LSE and Kings College in London, Edinburgh University and elsewhere in Europe. As well as being accepted in the UK and Ireland, it is also recognised by a growing number of universities and colleges across North America and elsewhere.
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Guidance from the UK's University and Colleges Admissions Services (UCAS) advises international student applicants to check the language level requirements of individual universities before making applications.
UCAS does not specify acceptable levels of English language proficiency. However, typical requirements for university degree programmes in the UK are:
Government and regulatory
UK Government Home Office - UKVI
Both ISE and GESE tests taken in Secure English Language Test (SELT) Centres in the UK are approved and accepted by the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) for settlement and multiple visa application purposes.
Find out more about SELT tests.
Ofqual (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation)
Trinity College London is recognised by Ofqual and its regulated qualifications are regulated by Ofqual and its respective partners in Wales and Northern Ireland.
International framework alignment
Qualifications formally calibrated to the CEFR
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is an international standard for describing language ability. It is used around the world to describe learners' language skills. Trinity's ISE and GESE qualifications have been formally calibrated to the CEFR.
Read the report about our Calibration to the CEFR and find learner profiles describing the language skills candidates must demonstrate at each level to pass ISE at CEFR levels B2, C1 and C2.
The ISE IELTS CEFR alignment chart shows how ISE and IELTS map to the CEFR
The Trinity ISE and GESE alignment to CEFR shows how ISE and GESE map to the CEFR
RQF and EQF frameworks
All of Trinity's regulated qualifications meet the requirements of the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).
The European Qualifications Framework for Lifelong Learning (EQF) framework makes comparisons between qualifications in different EU countries easier to understand.
Visit the Trinity qualifications alignment - how ISE and GESE map to RQF and EQF frameworks
Trinity College London is a member of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE). In 2012 GESE and ISE were awarded the ALTE 'Q' Quality mark - evidence of meeting all 17 of ALTE’s stringent quality standards.
Trinity is an active member of leading professional institutions:
- Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE)
- Association of Educational Assessment – Europe
- English UK (EUK)
- European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA)
- International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language (IATEFL)
- International Language Testing Association (ILTA)
- Latin American Association for Language Testing and Assessment (LAALTA)
- National Association for Teaching English and other Community Languages to Adults (NATECLA)
- International Education Association of Australia (IEAA)
Find out more about Trinity's membership of professional associations