Exam format and timings - Initial stage
At Initial stage, GESE exams take the form of an unscripted conversation with a Trinity examiner. The examiner uses visual materials to engage the candidate and create an authentic conversation to test their speaking and listening skills.
- Unscripted conversation - using visual prompts to engage the candidate
Grade and timings
Grade 1 - CEFR level Pre A1 - 5 minutes
Grade 2 - CEFR level A1 - 6 minutes
Grade 3 - CEFR level A2.1 - 7 minutes
- GESE Exam Information
This essential booklet provides everything you need to know to prepare students for the exams at every level - the exam format, exam content, procedure, timings and what candidates need to be able to do at every GESE stage and grade.
- Performance descriptors
Candidate Performance Descriptors are used by Trinity examiners to assess each candidate’s performance against the exam requirements.