Exam administration for ISE (paper edition)

Essential guidance

You need to be registered to hold Trinity exams - find out more about becoming a Trinity Registered Exam Centre.

For information about ISE exam fees and for general and administrative support, please contact your local representative.

ISE Centre Best Practice Guidebook

The ISE Centre Best Practice Guidebook provides all the information needed to administer and run ISE exams. As this information is updated periodically, please check this webpage regularly to ensure you are referring to the current version.

ISE Centre Best Practice Guidebook

Download the Guidebook

This guidebook is for everyone involved in the delivery of Trinity ISE exams, including:

  • Centre representatives
  • Exam co-ordinators and administrators
  • Exam supervisors, invigilators and stewards
  • Teachers

Entering candidates for exams

All Trinity exams have closing dates by when all entries and payments must be made. Closing dates are available from your local Trinity representative. Your local Trinity representative is available for general and administrative support.

Please ensure you are aware of the closing dates.

  • Reading & Writing - see fixed exam dates 
  • Speaking & Listening - discuss exam sessions with your local representative

Refer to your Best Practice Guidebook for detailed guidance on booking exams.

Special needs provision

For candidates who require any adjustments to their exam or would simply like to make make the examiner aware of a disability or health condition, please complete the form available on our Special Needs Provision page for English language exams and send it to Trinity at the same time of exam entry, along with appropriate supporting evidence, if required, at least 28 days before the exam.

Candidate ID numbers

When entering a candidate for ISE (paper edition) exam modules separately at different times, you must use the same candidate ID number that was used for the first (or failed) exam.

For example, when:

  • entering for a single module, having already entered for a module previously
  • re-entering for a module that the candidate has failed


Online options for ISE (paper edition) speaking and listening exams

Registered exam centres have the option to book ISE (paper edition) speaking and listening assessments as in-person or online exam sessions - further information.

Running an ISE (paper edition) exam session

Before each exam session anyone involved in the preparation and conduct of these exams must be completely familiar with Trinity policy and procedures.

Quick links to useful documents:


Candidates cannot bring mobile phones, laptops or other devices into the exam room.

Policies and procedures

All registered exam centres need to comply with Trinity's policies and procedures. These are outline in:

SELT for UK visa purposes

ISE is also available as a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for UK visa purposes.

  • For SELT information and resources, please visit our SELT pages.

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