Guides — GESE Grades 1–3

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

Useful guides 

Exam guide

  • 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.

Teacher guides

Booking guidance

Procedures for online assessment

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