Trinity ESOL qualifications are recognised internationally as reliable evidence of proficiency in English. The exams assess and promote the skills needed for effective communication in real life. They're available to individuals, schools and colleges in more than 60 countries.
GESE exams are designed to complement general English language courses, and focus on building confidence and motivation in English language communication.
The exams take the form of an unscripted conversation with a Trinity examiner, which covers a range of topics and tasks. They are open to anyone aged 5 or older and are designed to be inclusive and relevant to every learner.
The four stages The 12 Graded Examinations in Spoken English are organised in four development stages. The four stages are designed to give a framework to the teaching and learning progression, and the tasks in the different stages are designed to allow candidates to demonstrate their abilities in a number of different discourse types.
At the Initial stage (Grades 1–3) the conduct of the exam is initiated by the examiner. Grades 2 and 3 have been mapped to the first common reference level (Basic User) in the Common European Framework of Reference.
At the Elementary stage (Grades 4–6) the candidate introduces a topic of his or her own choice. The examiner directs the discussion using the points prepared by the candidate. Then the examiner moves on to the Conversation phase, selecting two subject areas for discussion from the list provided. Exams at the Elementary stage provide a bridge from the first to the second common reference level (Basic User to Independent User) in the Common European Framework of Reference.
At the Intermediate stage (Grades 7–9) the candidate initiates and maintains a discussion on a topic of his or her own choice. This is followed by the Interactive task initiated by the examiner and then maintained by the candidate, and the exam ends with a conversation on two subject areas selected by the examiner from the list provided. Exams at the Intermediate stage have been mapped to the second common reference level (Independent User) in the Common European Framework of Reference.
At the Advanced stage (Grades 10–12) the exam begins with a formal presentation of a topic leading into a candidate-led discussion of the presentation. The candidate-controlled Interactive task is followed by the Listening task, and the exam ends with a conversation on two subject areas selected by examiner from one of the lists provided. Exams at the Advanced stage have been mapped to the third common reference level (Proficient User) in the Common European Framework of Reference.
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Suitable for learners of all ages - 12 grades available from beginners to advanced.
Speaking, listening, reading and writing.
Including dialogue role playing, online speech training and word lists to name a few.