Trinity ISE I


What is ISE I?

ISE I is an English language exam for learners of English who are at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference. You take ISE I in two parts — Reading & Writing and Speaking & Listening.

What do I get when I pass a module?

You need to pass both parts of the module in order to pass the module. When you pass an ISE module, you get a module certificate.

When do I receive the ISE I qualification certificate?

After you have passed both ISE I Reading & Writing and ISE I Speaking & Listening, you receive the ISE I qualification certificate, which shows your results in all four skills. The certificate shows your results for each separate skill — reading, writing, speaking and listening (Pass, Merit or Distinction).

ISE I summary

Reading & Writing

How long is the Reading & Writing exam? Two hours.

Which skills do the reading tasks test? Reading for gist, reading for details, reading comprehension, and understanding the main ideas of a text.

Which skills do the writing tasks test? How you organise a text, your range of language functions, grammar and vocabulary, how well you answer the question, and how you transform reading texts into a writing text.

The Reading & Writing exam has four parts:

Task 1 — Long reading

How many texts? One text.

How long is the text? About 400 words.

How many questions? 15 questions. There are three types of question:

  • Questions 1–5 — choose the right heading for each paragraph of the reading text.
  • Questions 6–10 — decide which five statements from a list of eight are true according to the text —three are false.
  • Questions 11–15 — complete sentences with words from the reading text.
Task 2 — Multi-text reading

How many texts? Four short texts.

How long are the texts? In total, the four texts are about 400 words. One of the texts is an infographic.

How many questions? 15 questions. There are three types of question:

  • Questions 16–20 — choose which text matches a description — there are five questions which describe the main idea or purpose of the texts.
  • Questions 21–25 — decide which five statements from a list of eight are true according to the texts — three are false.
  • Questions 26–30 — complete summary notes with words from the texts — the notes are a summary of the four texts.
Task 3 — Reading into writing

How many texts do I read? You use the four texts from task 2.

What do I write? An essay, article, letter, email or review.

How many words do I write? 100–130 words. You can only use information from the texts in task 2 in your answer. Your answer must be in your own words and not copied from the texts.

Task 4 — Extended writing

What do I write? An essay, article, letter, email or review.

How many words do I write? 100–130 words.

Speaking & Listening

The Speaking & Listening exam is a one-to-one interview with a Trinity examiner. The exam is in three parts:

Topic task (4 minutes)

To prepare for the exam, prepare to talk about a topic. You can choose what you want to talk about, for example, your interests, a musical instrument, a game, or a favourite gadget.

Conversation task (2 minutes)

In this part of the exam, you and the examiner have a conversation on one of these subjects.

Independent listening tasks (10 minutes)

In this part of the exam there are two tasks.

Task 1 (4 minutes 30 seconds)

You listen to a recording (1 minute) twice and take some notes. You don’t have to take notes if you don’t want to. The examiner asks you six questions about facts in the recording.

Task 2 (5 minutes 30 seconds)

You listen to a recording (1 minute 15 seconds) twice. After the first time you tell the examiner what the talk is about in a few words. You listen again and this time take some notes if you want to. Then you tell the examiner six facts you heard in the recording. After this, the examiner asks you four questions about the recording.

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