Topic outline

  • Please read the following information about your test and test day carefully so you know what to expect when you take your ISE I (B1) English test with Trinity College London.

    • Test overview

      What is in the exam?

      ISE I (BI) consists of two test modules:

      • Reading & Writing
      • Speaking & Listening

      Candidates must pass both modules for an ISE I (B1) qualification.

      Reading & Writing: 2 hours

      • 2 x Reading tasks 
      • 1 x Reading into Writing task
      • 1 x Writing task

      Speaking & Listening: 18 minutes

      • 1 x Topic task
      • 1 x Conversation task
      • 2 x Listening tasks

      Download Test overview

      Trinity College London has put together a comprehensive overview of the test. Please click here to download the PDF.

      • Test day

        Morning session

        When you arrive

        When you arrive for your test, you will be greeted by your steward who will guide you through each step of the test process. 

        • Your steward will ask you to turn off all electronic devices, including your mobile phone. 
        • Your steward will check that you don't have anything in your pockets, or anything written on your arms or on your tie.
        • You must remove any hats or caps and place all your belongings in a locker
        • Water, pens, paper and all other resources will be provided
        • You must only have your approved ID, your locker key and your topic form (topic form only needed for Speaking & Listening). 

        The steward will then take you into a registration waiting room where you will be called up to be registered for the test and go through the security checks outlined below. 

        Security checks

        • The registrar will take a passport-style photo of you and will check your ID and take a scan of it. 
        • He or she will also take a sample of your voice - you will be asked to speak into a microphone counting from 1 to 10 twice. 
        • You will also be asked to sign your signature that directly matches the approved ID you have brought in with you. 

        Once you complete your morning test

        Once the morning's test is complete your belongings will be returned to you and the steward will confirm the time you need to return for your afternoon session.

        Afternoon session

        • When you arrive for the afternoon session you will be asked again to turn off all electronic devices, you will have your pockets etc checked, and you will place all your belongings into a locker. 
        • The steward will then re-enter the registration room and you will have your ID checked again.
        • When it’s time for your test the steward will collect you from the registration room and escort you into your test. 
        • Once your test is complete, your belongings will be returned to you and the steward will give you some information on when and how you will receive your results and certificate. You are then free to leave the centre.

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