Trinity College GESE Exams
Trinity College’s Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE) are one-to-one, face-to-face assessments of speaking and listening skills with a Trinity examiner.
Preparation for these exams and achievement of GESE qualifications supports people wishing to develop their proficiency in English language speaking – for personal goals, study, travel, employment, settlement or for visa application purposes.
GESE exams are available at 12 levels, from Grade 1 to Grade 12 (pre-A1 to C2 CEFR* proficiency levels). Grouped by development stage, GESE grade qualifications offer a progressive framework for the development of English language skills.
We offer students the opportunity to take the GESE in addition to attending 15 hours English Language lessons per week. Students now have the option to enter for the Trinity GESE exam and also to enrol in the special preparation course which will include 6 hours per week of intense tuition specifically guiding the student in preparation of their topic discussion, and the fundamentals of the exam. Students may enter the examination only, or the examination and preparation course, or just the preparation course. These options are supplements to a standard student course.
These 12 grades are linked to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).
The 12 grades are broken up into four stages:
- Initial Stage (Grades 1-3) (A1-A2)
- Elementary Stage (Grades 4-6) (A2-B1)
- Intermediate Stage (Grades 7-9) (B2)
- >Advanced Stage (Grades 10-12) (C1-C2)
The duration of the exam varies at each stage:
- The Initial Stage lasts between 5-7 minutes
- The Elementary Stage: 10 minutes
- The Intermediate Stage: 15 minutes
- The Advanced Stage: 25 minutes
Each stage is built upon the previous stage.
“GESE exams are available at 12 levels, from Grade 1 to Grade 12”
The Initial stage only requires a conversation to be held between the candidate and the examiner.
The Elementary stage requires a conversation, and a Topic Phase is included. The topic discussion is prepared by the student on a topic of their choice. Students complete a ‘Topic Form’ which the examiners use to initiate and develop a discussion.
Country Cousins is a registered Trinity College London ESOL examinations centre (Centre number 47899).