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ISE diagnostic reports

Candidates that pass both ISE exam modules receive:

  • An ISE certificate showing Pass, Merit or Distinction for each skill: reading, writing, speaking and listening.
  • A diagnostic profile report for each skill showing how they performed - this shows where they can develop their skills in the future.

Candidates that fail also receive diagnostic profile reports.

See our ISE scoring information sheet for information about scoring. See below for information about diagnostic profile reports and how to use them with skills development tables to identify and improve each subset of skills.


Diagnostic profiles

The diagnostic profile report for each part of the exam shows the skills tested for reading, writing, speaking and listening.

To see an example Diagnostic profile report click on an ISE level below:

Diagnostic reports are useful for identifying which skills students need to develop and practise to improve. Use the information in the report to identify relevant practice activities in our skills development tables below. 

Here is an example of a candidate’s diagnostic report for Task 1 - Long reading in the Reading & Writing part of the exam. It shows the three language skills measured by Task 1:


Example Diagnotic Profile Report (extract)
Task 1 - Long reading


Although this candidate's sub-skills in 'reading for the main idea' and 'reading carefully for details' are good (ie the coloured bars correspond to 'adequate performance'), the sub-skill of 'reading carefully for facts or information' needs further development (ie the coloured bar corresponds to 'more practice required').

In this example, the candidate should refer to the Skills Development Table here for suggestions on how to improve this particular sub-skill of reading.



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