As students of a plurilingual school, our 4ºESO pupils have been given the opportunity to enter for an ISE (=Integrated Skills in English) exam of the Trinity College. The ISE I is the equivalent to B1 and the ISE II to the B2.
All the general information (student guides & sample exam papers) on the Trinity exams can be found on these links to their webpages:
The Trinity ISE exams are a 4 skill integrated test in a two exam module. READING-WRITING and SPEAKING-LISTENING. You can pass each of the modules indipendently but to get an ISE qualification certificate you need to pass both. You can take both modules together or separately.
Above there's the front page of a Trinity ISE exam with the general instructions and the time distribution for the READING & WRITING module.
General previous information to know:
- You can use a BLACK or BLUE pen and a marker. No pencils, erasers, eraser-pens, Typex can be used.
- No mobile phones, smartphones or smartwatches can be used.
- Watches must be worn on the wrist to control the time.
1- LONG READING - (400 words ISE I / 500 words ISE II) - 15 questions - 20 minutes
2- MULTI-TASK READING - (400 words ISE I / 500 words ISE II across 4 texts. One is an infographic) - 15 questions - 20 minutes
3- READING INTO WRITING - Identify relevant information from the previous 4 texts in task 2, incorporate information in response to a prompt. Not use any of your ideas. - 40 minutes
4- EXTENDED WRITING - Respond to a prompt (in 100-130 words ISE I / 150-180 ISE II) - 40 minutes.
SPEAKING-LISTENING (18 min)
1- TOPIC TASK - Choose ANY topic prepared in advance with 4 points. Be personal and original. Don't memorize. - 4 minutes. Example of topic form below.
2- CONVERSATION TASK - Integrated speaking & listening task about a topic. - 2 minutes.
(*ISE II exams have a COLLABORATIVE TASK - Integrated speaking and listening of a prompt presenting a dilemma or opinion - 4 minutes)
3- INDEPENDENT LISTENING TASKS:
a) 1 minute long audio recordings heard twice and to answer 6 questions in 1 or 2 words. - 4 minutes, 30 seconds.
b) 1 minute 15 seconds long audio heard twice. First time report what's it about. Second time report 6 important facts and answer 4 questions. The second time, students can write down notes on a piece of paper.
This year's exams:
READING-WRITING: Saturday, 16th June in the morning.
SPEAKING-LISTENING: between the 18th & 22nd June on a set timetable for each student.
Place to be confirmed.