• ISE Exams for University Entry

    Integrated Skills in English (ISE) exams for university entry

    For students wishing to apply to university, in the UK for instance, ISE is a widely recognised 4-skills exam which is available from A2-C2 level on the Common European Framework (CEFR).

    ISE is also recognised as a Secure English Language Test (SELT) by UK Immigration and Visas.  This means candidates may take ISE (SELT) as English language evidence for pre-degree programmes, as well as ISE (SELT and non-SELT) for undergraduate, postgraduate, research and specialist degrees.

    B2 is normally the level is required for a Tier 4 General student VISA which will allow you/your child to study at a UK university. B2 level is equivalent to a Trinity ISE II level qualification.  It is recommended that the applicant checks the entry requirements specified by their chosen institutions, as these may vary.

     

    What does a Trinity ISE qualification measure?

    An effective English language assessment should both assess the language and transferrable skills needed to excel in higher education.  Degree-level courses require students to present, interact, initiate and lead conversation as well as plan, note-take and use source texts to synthesis and create a text dealing with a common theme.  Therefore, an English language assessment is much more than a certificate a student uses to meet their university offer: a quality English language assessment will help equip and prepare a candidate which will help facilitate their success once on their course.

     

    What does each ISE exam cover?

    ISE tests evaluate
    – Speaking and listening
    – Reading and writing

     

    Each skill is reported on the issued certificate, in line with what universities request, e.g. the 4 skill scores.

     

    What do you have to do in the exam?

     

    Speaking and listening module

    ISE Foundation ISE I ISE II ISE III
    CEFR level A2 B1 B2 C1
    Topic task 4 minutes 4 minutes 4 minutes 8 minutes
    Collaborative task 4 minutes 4 minutes
    Conversation task 2 minutes 2 minutes 2 minutes 3 minutes
    Independent listening task 6 minutes 7 minutes 8 minutes 8 minutes
    Examiner Admin time 1 minutes 2 minutes 2 minutes 2 minutes
    Time 13 minutes 18 minutes 20 minutes 25 minutes

     

    Reading and writing module

    ISE Foundation ISE I ISE II ISE III
    CEFR level A2 B1 B2 C1
    Time 2 hours
    Task 1 Long reading

    300 words

    15 questions

    Long reading

    400 words

    15 questions

    Long reading

    500 words

    15 questions

    Long reading

    700 words

    15 questions

    Task 2 Multi-text reading

    3 texts

    300 words

    15 questions

    Multi-text reading

    4 texts

    400 words

    15 questions

    Multi-text reading

    4 texts

    500 words

    15 questions

    Multi-text reading

    4 texts

    700 words

    15 questions

    Task 3 Reading into writing

    70-100 words

    Reading into writing

    100-130 words

    Reading into writing

    150-180 words

    Reading into writing

    200-230 words

    Task 4 Extended writing

    70-100 words

    Extended writing 100-130 words Extended writing

    150-180 words

    Extended writing

    200-230 words

     

    Where can I take the exam?

    Trinity’s Secure English Language tests (SELT), approved by UKVI (UK Visa’s and immigration Department), are offered at 10 centres across the UK.  Regular test dates are available for the exam levels most relevant to higher education study: ISE I (B1), ISE II (B2) and ISE III (C1)

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