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GESE Grades 7-9: Intermediate stage

What’s in the exam?

At Intermediate stage, GESE exams take the form of a topic discussion, an interactive task and an unscripted conversation with a Trinity examiner.

  • Topic discussion - on a prepared topic of the candidate’s choice
  • Interactive task – ask questions and respond interactively
  • Conversation - about two subjects selected from a list by the examiner




CEFR level





15 minutes




15 minutes




15 minutes


Teaching and learning resources – Grades 7-9


Resource type Resource name and link

Exam guide

GESE Exam Information - this booklet covers exam specifications and guidance for all GESE stages and grades.

Each stage section includes candidate profile, exam format, exam procedure, teacher guidance and assessment information. Each grade section specifies the communicative skills and language requirements to be demonstrated by the candidate at that level.

Teacher guide

GESE Guide for Teachers, Grades 7-9, Intermediate stage 

This guide contains classroom activities and explains what students can expect in their GESE exams.


Some publishers offer study books to help prepare for Trinity exams. For a list of these, visit our Publications section:

English language publications

Sample lesson plans and classroom activities

These activities complement communicative teaching practices. They don’t cover all exam requirements – use the GESE Exam information booklet to ensure that you cover all the exam content.

GESE Grade 7-9

Additional speaking resources

The following additional classroom activities for speaking are informed by the Trinity Lancaster Corpus research project. Learning from prior Trinity speaking  assessment results, these activities focus on practising aspects of speaking that will help students improve their communication skills in all situations.

Topic form

The Topic form is not applicable at this level [GESE Grades 4, 5 and 6 only]

Sample Interactive Task prompts

Sample prompts for the Interactive task phase for exam practice.

Performance descriptors

Candidate Performance Descriptors are used by Trinity examiners to assess each candidate’s performance against the exam requirements.

Technical specifications

Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE) - regulatory information

Sample videos

GESE Speaking & Listening

These sample videos were filmed under exam conditions and show realistic exam situations. They are not model performances.

Use the marks and rationales document to see how the candidates were marked.




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