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About exam test trialling

Would you like to learn more about Trinity's language exams?

Would you like your students to have some real-life exam practice?

Whether you are a Trinity Registered Centre or not, you can take part in our test trials.


About pretesting

Test-trialling is part of the process of developing exams. It is the best way to ensure they are high quality, reliable and fair.

How it works

We invite volunteer candidates in schools to test trial our exams before they are released. By analysing and benchmarking the results, we can see if we’re setting the tests at the right levels to ensure they are valid, consistent and fair to students in different countries around the world.

Benefits to schools

  • Students can practise taking existing and new English language test formats under exam conditions.
  • Students are able to build up confidence in advance of taking exams.
  • Students/centres receive a percentile score to compare performance with other candidates in the same test.
  • Participating in test trials is completely free – there are no fees for taking part.
  • Teachers and students are invited to feedback on the tests.
  • Teachers receive feedback on overall student performance from an experienced examiner:
    • 30 minutes general feedback on speaking and listening tests
    • A written report for reading and writing tests

How to participate

If you are a Trinity Registered Exam Centre:

If you are not a Trinity Registered Exam Centre: read more details about how to become a Test Trial Venue here.

Test Trial sessions

We are currently accepting requests for Test Trials.

Assessment component



Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

Reading and Writing (A2-C1)



Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

Speaking and Listening (A2-C1)



Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE)

Speaking and Listening (B2-C2)

For further details and registration deadlines, please contact your local Trinity representative

Minimum candidate numbers (for English language exams only)

In order for Trinity to send an examiner to your centre there must be a certain number of exams booked:

180 minutes of face-to-face exam time, eg:

  • 13 candidates at GESE Grade 7, or
  • 11 candidates at ISE II, or an equivalent mixture of grades/levels



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