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ISE IV (C2) resources

ISE IV is at level C2 on the CEFR and consists of three exam components:

  • the Portfolio
  • the Controlled Written exam
  • the Interview

Note: This format is different to ISE at CEFR levels A2-C1.

Download our ISE IV Exam information booklet. This sets out the exam structure, content and timings. It also contains guidance notes for teachers and the exam rules and regulations.


The ISE IV Portfolio

The structure of the ISE IV Portfolio is:

3 x writing tasks selected from a list of 15 tasks
Approximately 6-12 weeks preparation time

Note: students’ portfolio work is assessed in the ISE IV exam. Students must complete their portfolio tasks from the official Trinity list. A new list is issued each year. Please ensure students choose their tasks from the correct year’s list.



The 2020 portfolio tasks are valid for students taking their exam between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020.

2020 ISE IV Portfolio tasks


The 2019 portfolio tasks are valid for students taking their exam between 1 January 2019 and 31 December 2019.

2019 ISE IV Portfolio tasks


The following resources are available for the ISE IV Portfolio.


The ISE IV Controlled Written exam

The structure of the ISE IV Controlled Written exam is:

2 x reading into writing tasks + 1 x writing task
3 hours

The following resources are available for the ISE IV Controlled Written exam.


The ISE IV Interview

The structure of the ISE IV speaking and listening interview is:

4 x speaking tasks + 1 x listening task
25 minutes

The following resources are available for the ISE IV Interview:


Sample video

This video below shows the format of the test. It is not intended to show model exam performance.


Assessment criteria for ISE IV

At ISE IV (C2), Performance descriptors are used for the assessment of all tasks within the Portfolio, Controlled Written exam and Interview.

Examiners and markers use the performance descriptors in combination with the specific requirements of ISE IV when making their assessments.

You can download the performance descriptors for each component of the ISE IV exam by clicking on the links below.

All results are collected and the overall result is calculated and checked.

Read more about the assessment of ISE IV in the ISE IV Exam information booklet.


Results and certificates

After the exam, successful ISE IV candidates receive a certificate showing the level of pass achieved in both ‘Reading and Writing’ and ‘Speaking and Listening’. Certificates are sent to centres and normally arrive within six to eight weeks of the completion of all components. (Note: ISE IV candidates do not receive diagnostic profile reports.)


Exam fees and dates

For information about ISE IV exam fees and local availability, please contact your local Trinity office. For Controlled Written exam dates and guidance about booking and running ISE IV exam sessions, please visit exam administration.

The ISE Centre Best Practice Guidebook gives full information on how to administer and run an ISE IV exam session.


Technical specifications

Integrated Skills in English (ISE) - regulatory information.


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