Trinity’s ISE has two exam modules: Reading & Writing and Speaking & Listening. ISE assesses the ability to interact in English in an authentic and meaningful way, through integrated reading and writing exam tasks and integrated speaking and listening tasks.
The Reading & Writing exam module takes 2 hours (all levels) and the Speaking & Listening exam takes 13-25 minutes depending on the level.
The test format is 2 hours at higher levels in addition to lower levels, because the difficulty and the length of tasks increase as the levels go up. Candidates are encouraged to take as long as they need to finish the paper with the allotted 2 hours, though some candidates will not use the full 2 hours at all levels.
Candidates can take Reading & Writing and Speaking & Listening modules at different times when they are ready (unless ISE is being taken as a SELT test in a SELT Centre in the UK, in which case they must take both modules on the same day).
No. Candidates must pass BOTH modules at the same level to achieve a full ISE qualification certificate. For example, passing a B1 level R&W and a B2 S&L would entitle the candidate to individual B1 or B2 module certificates but NOT a full ISE qualification. To achieve the full qualification, candidates must pass both R&W and S&L at the same level (both at level B1 or both at level B2).
- If the second module is not taken in the same academic year (1 September to 31 August) the fee must be paid again.
- Each module can be booked separately in different months or years (and even in different exam centres) but it is important to remember that the same candidate number must be used each time in order to achieve a full certificate when both modules have been passed.
On our you can find: Guides for teachers and for students, sample past papers, classroom activities, audio listening tasks, illustrative videos and example coursework Schemes of Works along with lots of other guidance and resources.
Several publishers offer Trinity-approved course books and course mappings that are suitable for ISE preparation. Find these in the ISE Publisher resources section of the website.
See also the example 10 week 'Schemes of Work' course of work for each exam level. These include guidance and classroom activities, and are available in the Guides resource area of the ISE section of our website.
There is a Guide for Students for each level of ISE. Read the section called ‘What is the examiner testing’ in the Guide for your level (A2, B1, B2 or C1) to find out what you need to show that you can do in the exam. More detail on this is also available in the ‘Candidate profile’ sections of the Guides for Teachers.
The exam format for ISE Foundation (A2), ISE I (B1), ISE II (B2) and ISE III (C1) was revised in 2015. ISE IV (C2) is not yet available in the revised format, but continues to be available in its original format. For enquiries about ISE IV please contact your local Trinity representative.
For more detail on these discriminating factors, refer to the Guides for Teachers and specifications on our ISE website page for each module and level.
No, it is included to reflect and encourage the development of writing skills.