Guides — GESE Grades 4–6

Exam format and timings

At Elementary stage, GESE exams take the form of a topic discussion and an unscripted conversation with a Trinity examiner.

  • Topic discussion — on a prepared topic of the candidate’s choice
  • Conversation — about two subjects selected from a list by the examiner

As they progress through the grades, candidates undertake tasks that require a more advanced use of language.

Grade and timings

  • Grade 4 — CEFR level A2.2 — 10 minutes
  • Grade 5 — CEFR level B1.1 — 10 minutes
  • Grade 6 — CEFR level B1.2 — 10 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

  • Performance descriptors
    Candidate Performance Descriptors are used by Trinity examiners to assess each candidate’s performance against the exam requirements.

Booking guidance

Procedures for online assessment

Related links


Exam guide

Download the exam information booklet


Teacher guide

GESE Guide for teachers - Grades 4-6

Download the guide




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