What are Trinity exams?
Trinity exams specialise in the assessment of communicative and performance skills covering the English language as well as the Arts. Trinity’s English language exams focus on communicative and integrated language skills that people of all ages and from all walks of life need to perform in today’s interconnected world.
The most popular Trinity exams are:
- Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE – 2-skill exam)
- Integrated Skills in English (ISE – 4-skill exam)
GESE test English speaking and listening skills. 12 grades (pre-A1 to C2) are available for learners of all ages from beginners to advanced.
ISE test all four skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing). 5 levels (A2 to C2) are available for people who need English skills for study and work. ISE exams have two separate components (reading & writing and speaking & listening) which can be taken together or separately, when you are ready.
ISE proficiency levels are mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR) and are available at five levels:
ISE Foundation (A2) | ISE I (B1) | ISE II (B2) | ISE III (C1) | ISE IV (C2)
Why should I take a Trinity exam at Rose of York?
The Trinity approach to language learning and assessment aims to have a positive impact on teaching practice and student performance. Trinity assessments are enjoyable to prepare for, rewarding to teach and they develop the skills needed for real life. Trinity post-exam feedback informs further skills development for all students.
Trinity exams can give you access to the university of your choice and give you the skills to progress beyond your education.
Preparing for a Trinity exam at Rose of York is easy. You can join any of our General English classes, in which you will be able to develop and strengthen all your English language skills, gain the subject knowledge you need and explore the topics you want to present at the exam. You will also be able to periodically attend booster Trinity exam classes to perfect your exam skills.
Last, but not least, Rose of York is a registered Trinity exam centre, which makes it easier for you to register and take a Trinity exam. We can follow you from your initial enquiry, all the way to -and including- your test day. This means we can offer you a thoroughly comprehensive service.
The course aims to enable you to:
- Access and participate linguistically in a course of study in which you will develop and strengthen all four skills as well as vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation
- Communicate at the needed level with classmates and teachers in class discussions
- Produce a range of written discourse types
- Behave and work collaboratively
Additional valuable skills you will gain by preparing for a Trinity exam at Rose of York are those transferrable skills that you will need in an academic environment such as university, or in a working environment:
- Listen to lectures/meeting, note taking, construct understanding
- Actively participate in seminars and discussions
- Research by locating and reading across resources and synthesising data
- Work autonomously
- Engage in critical thinking and problem solving
Our teachers follow a set General English syllabus and use material approved by Trinity College London. Therefore, this material is specifically designed to prepare students for the Trinity exams.
We include materials such as recordings and reading texts to widen our students’ vocabulary. Additionally, students will participate in activities to practice the language functions needed in each specific exam.
Students will strengthen and practise different skills according to the type of Trinity exam needed, GESE or ISE.