Discover Trinity English

Assessing performance for over 140 years

Our heritage as an English language, music and drama exam board allows us to combine our understanding of performance and communication with that of language assessment, to offer a range of qualifications in English with unique benefits. 

Positive impact in the classroom

The Trinity approach to language learning and assessment aims to have a positive impact on teaching practice and teacher development. Our assessments are enjoyable to prepare for, rewarding to teach and they develop the skills needed for real life. 

Achievable steps and flexible pathways

As learners progress, their motivation for learning English changes. Trinity offers flexible pathways made up of clear, achievable steps to support each individual's English language learning journey from beginner to advanced.

An exam for every student at any stage of their learning journey


Expert examiners

Trinity's highly qualified examiners are expert speakers of English who are trained to put test takers at ease in oral exams — encouraging candidates to talk about their personal interests and supporting them to perform at their best. 

Resources and materials

We provide guidance and training for institutions and offer a wide range of free exam preparation resources and teaching materials, including teacher guidance, exam information, classroom activities, sample papers and videos via our website. In addition to the free teaching resources on our website, you can purchase Trinity-approved materials from Publishers

Recognised and accepted

Trinity exams are externally regulated in the UK and recognised by education authorities in many countries around the world. Read more about international Recognition of Trinity's English Language qualifications.

Trinity’s GESE and ISE qualifications are listed on the UK’s Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), and are aligned with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). Read more about these frameworks.

Trinity's GESE and ISE exams are UK government-approved tests for settlement or visa application purposes when taken at a Trinity SELT Centre.

Our GESE and ISE qualifications have been awarded ALTE’s Q-mark, showing they meet the highest level of quality standards.

Local support

Once registered with us, our exams are delivered directly to your institution through an international network of Trinity representatives and support staff, with Trinity examiners conducting one-to-one English speaking and listening exams and remotely marking written exam submissions. To find out more about Trinity and how we can help you, please talk to your local Trinity representative who will be happy to discuss your requirements. 

Become a Trinity Registered Exam Centre

To run our exams you must be a Trinity Registered Exam Centre.

Book exams

  • For local fees and booking information, please contact your local representative
  • To book GESE or ISE exams as a SELT test for visa and immigration purposes in the UK visit our UK visas section 


What people say about us...

“Trinity impacts very positively on our students' communicative level and in the development of their competences.”

Lalo Muñiz
Meres International School, Spain

Our English language and teaching qualifications

Trinity Stars: Young Performers in English

Awards for children aged 3-12. Trinity Stars promotes English language learning through drama, music and performance.

GESE: Graded Examinations in Spoken English

Tests English speaking and listening skills.
12 grades (pre-A1 to C2) available for learners of all ages from beginners to advanced.

ISE: Integrated Skills in English

Tests speaking, listening, reading, writing.
6 levels (A1 to C2) available for people who need English skills for study and work.

ESOL Skills for Life

Tests speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Pre-entry certificates + Entry Level 1 to Level 2 qualifications for adults learners in the UK.

ESOL Step 1 and Step 2 (UK)

Tests speaking and listening skills of adults in the UK aged 16+ who are not yet ready to take an Entry level ESOL Skills for Life qualification.

SELTS: Secure English Language Tests (UK)

Home Office UKVI-approved GESE A1, A2, B1 and ISE B1, B2, C1 SELTs for visa, citizenship, settlement and other SELT purposes.

English language teaching qualifications

Trinity Certificates and Diplomas in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). CertTESOL, TYLEC, Trinity Teach English Online, CertOT, CertPT, and DipTESOL.

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