Online options for ISE speaking and listening exams

Registered exam centres have the option to book ISE speaking and listening assessments as in-person or online exam sessions:

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

Same exam, different delivery

The content and skills assessed for online ISE speaking and listening exams are the same as for face-to-face in-person assessments - and results and certificates for online 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.

Read our summary of what is the same and what is different.

Download the summary

Watch ISE by online delivery. Same exam, different delivery:

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 online delivery 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 exams online 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 - 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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