ISE (paper edition) video conference delivery

Registered exam centres have the option to book ISE (paper edition) speaking and listening assessments in one of two ways:

  • Face-to-face in-person examiner sessions in centres
  • Face-to-face video conference sessions in centres

Same exam, different delivery

The content and skills assessed for face-to-face video conference ISE (paper edition) speaking and listening exams are the same as for face-to-face in-person assessments - and results and certificates for video conference exams are issued in line with Trinity's existing processes for exams leading to fully regulated qualifications that adhere to rigorous standards.

To accommodate the use of the video conference platform, some aspects of delivery will differ from the in-person assessments.

Watch how to take ISE (paper edition) speaking and listening by video conference:

How to run these tests in centres

Registered exam centres will receive training on how to administer and run ISE speaking and listening exams in the face-to-face video conference format. They will also be provided with this Additional Information guidance to be read in conjunction with their standard GESE and ISE Best Practice Guidebooks for centres:

Download Additional Information for Centres

Watch our video about running ISE (paper edition) face-to-face exams by video conference in registered centres:



A 21st century solution 

  • The same Trinity one-to-one communicative exam
  • The same Trinity exam content is assessed  
  • The same Trinity results and certification    

Watch this 'What to expect' video, featuring excerpts from trial sessions, that show the interactive nature of Trinity's ISE exams:

ISE (paper edition) - what to expect on test day:

Exam preparation 

Candidates should prepare for the exam and exam tasks in the usual way. Candidates should also download and practise using Zoom with parents and friends before the exam, so that they feel familiar with waiting rooms and chatboxes and talking to people via the app.

Download the Zoom app

Topic discussion points 

Candidates need to be aware that the method of sharing their discussion Topic points with the examiner is different. Instead of passing a piece of paper to the examiner, Topic discussion points are entered into the Zoom chat box for the examiner to see at the start of the exam. Simplified topic forms can be prepared for this purpose - download example templates here.

Download a simplified ISE Topic form

Practise using Zoom 

Teachers, candidates and their guardians should familiarise themselves with the Zoom app in advance of exam day, in order to ensure the smoothest possible exam experience. Download the Zoom app on your laptop/desktop computer:

  • Open a test meeting
  • Select Join meeting
  • Select Open Zoom in the pop-up window
  • Select Join with video

See Zoom's joining instructions and tutorial video to help get you started.

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