ISE A1 (A1) resources

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

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