Exam format and timings
The ISE A1 exam is taken in two modules — Reading & Writing and Speaking & Listening. Once the two modules have been passed at the same level, a certificate for the full qualification is awarded.
The four skills are assessed both independently and in an integrated way:
Reading & Writing - 1hour 30 mins
- 2 x Reading tasks:
- Long reading
- Multi-text reading
- Reading into writing task
- Extended writing task
Speaking & Listening (by video conference) - 12 mins + admin
- Integrated speaking and listening task
- 2 x Independent listening tasks
Useful guides at this level
For further guides and resources on ISE A1 (A1), see the options below.
- Guide for Teachers
Everything you need to know to prepare students for the exams - the exam structure, content, timings and what candidates need to be able to do at this level
- Guide for Students
What to expect in the exam, together with useful tips.
- Understanding results and diagnostics
How to interpret results and use diagnostics reports to inform personalised skills development needs
Technical for background reference only:
Speaking & Listening