ISE Digital | Students

ISE Digital is a computer-delivered exam that assesses English language speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. It covers all six levels of the CEFR and provides evidence of English proficiency for academic study, employment and visa purposes.

Why should I take ISE Digital?


ISE Digital provides flexible and frequent exam dates. You will get a digital certificate within 3-5 days that you can easily share with universities or employers.  You can also choose to resit one module if you want to improve your score.

Tailored to you

The modules in ISE Digital are adaptive, which means that the questions will be adjusted to your level of English. In the Speaking module, you can choose the topic of conversation and talk about something that really matters to you. You will receive detailed feedback that shows your strengths and areas for improvement.

Builds real-life skills

The tasks in ISE Digital are designed to reflect the language skills that you need to build the life you want. You will encounter authentic texts, conversations, discussions and scenarios, preparing you for work, study and life in an English-speaking environment.

Guarantees a result

ISE Digital is an adaptive, multi-level exam. This means that every candidate receives a score and a certificate.


ISE Digital is offered by Trinity College London, a trusted international awarding organisation. Trinity College London is regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales and CCEA Regulation in Northern Ireland.

What is the format of the exam?

There are four modules in ISE Digital:





The length of ISE Digital is 105 minutes. This includes the levelling test and time for reading the exam instructions.


Instructions (5 min)


Levelling test (10 min)


Exam modules (90 min)

Trinity offers a range of practice materials to help you prepare for ISE Digital. Click the link below for more information about the exam, including videos and example tasks. These will help you understand the types of tasks and questions in the exam.

About the exam

Candidate guide

View online guide

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

ISE Digital can be taken in designated test centres globally. All modules will be taken on a secured computer using a keyboard and microphone. Find your local exam centre here.

The exam takes 105 minutes for all four skills, which includes a levelling test and time to read the instructions. 

There are free sample tests, an interactive demo online and skill development activities.

Contact your local representative and/or find fees published on many local country pages.  

You can re-take one skill within 90 days to improve your score.

No, you must take all four modules at the same time.  

Your score for each module is reported on a scale from zero to 150.   

The ISE digital overall score is an average of the candidates’ four module scores and is reported on a scale from zero to 150.   

These scores will be added to your certificate as well as the corresponding CEFR level from A1-C2.  

A 'Not yet A1' score is also possible. 

Your results and digital certificate will be available 3 – 5 working days after you take the test. 

There is an option to purchase a secure paper certificate. For more information about certificates and diagnostic reports, please visit this page. 

Yes, one part of the test is to speak about a topic of your choice. You may bring notes on this topic into the exam. 

You will be able to share a secure online link to anyone who needs to verify your result using our online certification system. 

You will receive your results within 3-5 days and be able to share your digital certificate immediately. 

No. You will record your answers into the online testing system, but your Speaking response will be assessed by a highly trained Trinity examiner. 

Regardless of how you perform on the day of the exam, you are guaranteed a CEFR-level, a score and a certificate. The diagnostic report will give you information on where you may need to improve. It is possible to re-take one module within 90 days in order to improve your overall grade. 

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