Trinity’s Integrated Skills in English (ISE) is a contemporary four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) qualification recognised by governments and institutions as providing reliable evidence of English language proficiency.
Preparing for ISE helps develop authentic communicative and transferable skills that are required for academic study and employability, such as synthesising information, participating in interactive discussions and presenting on topics of personal interest.
There are two exam modules – Reading & Writing and Speaking & Listening. These can be taken together or separately, depending on whether you are taking the exam in a Trinity Registered Exam Centre, or in a UK Trinity SELT Centre.
The Reading & Writing module is taken as a written exam in registered centres.
One-to-one, face-to-face Speaking & Listening assessments can be taken in person or via live video conference in exam centres.
ISE proficiency levels are calibrated to the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR) and are available at six levels: ISE A1 (A1), ISE Foundation (A2), ISE I (B1), ISE II (B2), ISE III (C1), ISE IV (C2).
Reliable evidence of skills
Trinity’s ISE qualifications provide individuals and institutions with reliable evidence of the use of integrated English language skills at different levels from beginner to advanced. Read more about the research leading to CEFR alignment and learner profiles.
Our ISE exams are regulated by Ofqual in the UK. They are listed on the UK’s Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and are aligned with the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). Trinity’s ISE A2-C2 exams have been awarded the ALTE Q-mark by the Association of Language Testers in Europe demonstrating that they meet strictest of quality criteria.
This table shows ISE’s and IELTS’ equivalence to the CEFR, based on independent studies conducted by Trinity and the IELTS consortium respectively. The levels refer to the overall test score, not sub-scores for each skill (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking).