GESE face-to-face Video Conference

Registered exam centres have the option to book their GESE exams as face-to-face in person or video conference sessions:

  • Face-to-face in-person examiner sessions in centres
  • Face-to-face video conference sessions in centres

Same exam, different delivery 

The content and skills assessed for GESE face-to-face video conference exams are the same as for face-to-face in-person assessments — and results and certificates for video conference exams are issued in line with Trinity’s existing processes for exams leading to fully regulated qualifications that adhere to rigorous standards.

To accommodate the use of the video conference platform, some aspects of delivery will differ from the in-person assessments.

Watch our video about GESE face-to-face by video conference — same exam, different delivery:

How to run video conference tests in centres

Registered exam centres will receive training on how to administer and run GESE exams in the face-to-face video conference format. They will also be provided with this Additional Information guidance to be read in conjunction with their standard GESE Best Practice Guidebooks for centres.

Download Additional Information for Centres

Watch our Ready Set Go videos about running GESE face-to-face video conference exams in registered centres:


Click here for frequently asked questions about GESE face-to-face Video Conference.


A 21st century solution 

  • Candidates take their exam in centres via video conference
  • Face-to-face communicative exam with an examiner
  • The same Trinity exam content
  • The same Trinity results and certification   

Watch these videos to discover the interactive nature of Trinity's GESE exams:

GESE: What to expect on test day

Exam preparation

Candidates should prepare for the exam and exam tasks in the usual way. Candidates should also download and practise using Zoom with parents and friends before the exam, so that they feel familiar with waiting rooms and chatboxes and talking to people via the app. Download the Zoom app.

Topic discussion points 

Candidates need to be aware that the method of sharing their discussion Topic points with the examiner is different. Instead of passing a piece of paper to the examiner, Topic discussion points are entered into the Zoom chat box for the examiner to see at the start of the exam. Simplified topic forms can be prepared for this purpose — download example templates here.

Download a simplified GESE Topic form

Interactive resources for teaching online

As many teachers are now teaching online, we have created some additional interactive versions of teaching and learning resources for the GESE grade exams. These are in addition to resources available on our website here.

Practise using Zoom 

Teachers, candidates and their guardians should familiarise themselves with the Zoom app in advance of exam day, to ensure the smoothest possible exam experience. Download the Zoom app on your laptop/desktop computer:

  • Open a test meeting
  • Select Join meeting
  • Select Open Zoom in the pop-up window
  • Select Join with video

See Zoom's joining instructions and tutorial video to help get you started.

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