• ISE/IELTS Exam Comparison

    ISE/IELTS comparison page

    There are 2 government approved UK examining Boards in Secure English Language Tests. Trinity College offers ISE exams and IELTS offers their own government approved exams.


    Below we offer a comparison table to help compare the structure of the relevant exams for Boarding school and University entry.

    Please note that each Boarding School and University featured on the site will have different levels of English competency required for entry and this can vary by University course as well, within an institution.

    For more information about the level of English needed for application for a specific VISA to study in the UK, please do visit this page of the

    British Council’s web site that gives up to date information on this matter.


    UKVI SELTs (Uk Visa & Immigration Dept Secure English Language Tests) ISE (Integrated Skills in English-Trinity College) IELTS
    Skills reported on certificate Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing
    Results reporting Within 14 days Within 13 days
    Online verification system for institutions? Yes Yes
    Speaking component 20 minutes ISE II, 4 tasks

    25 minutes ISE III, 4 tasks

    11-14 minutes, 3 tasks
    Listening Integrated mark with speaking & Independent listening:


    8 minutes ISE II, 1 task

    8 minutes ISE III, 1 task


    30 minutes, 4 sections
    Reading 120 minutes, 4 tasks (integrated with Writing) 60 minutes, 40 questions
    Writing 60 minutes, 2 tasks
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