This evening, Carlos Bautista from Trinity College Spain came to the CARLEE to tell us about the ISE (Integrated Skills in English) exams. He began by telling us a little bit about the history of Trinity College and the development and the testing philosophy of these exams. He told us that the ISE exams have been designed for the 21st century as they have real-life relevance and require students to use a range of transferable skills. Below you will find a summary of the information that he gave us. You can find more detailed information by clicking on the following links:
The ISE exam is made up of two parts:
Reading and Writing – Speaking and Listening
However, to pass the exam you need to pass all four skills. Getting a good grade in one skill will not compensate a fail in another. You can take the two modules together (in the same session) or separately (in different sessions).
The Reading and Writing module is made up of four parts:
Task 1 – Long reading (questions 1-5 – choose the right title, questions 6-10 decide which 5 sentences are true, questions 11-15 complete sentences)
Task 2 – Multi-text – reading (questions 16-20 – choose which text matches a description, questions 21-25 – decide which 5 sentences are true, questions 26-30 – complete summary notes with words from the text)
Task 3 – Reading into writing (using the information from the four texts you have just read you will have to write a new text. this could be a descriptive essay, a discursive essay, an argumentative essay*, an article, an informal email or letter, a formal email or letter, a review, a blog entry, a report* or a proposal*.) *ISE and II and III
Task 4 – Extended writing (You will have to write one of the aforementioned texts.)
For the writing tasks you must pay special attention to type of text that you have to write and make sure that you use the appropriate format, style and register. Your text must fulfill the task and be well-organised and coherent. You will also need to show that you can use the required language functions for the language level. Click on the link below for guidance with writing genres.
The Speaking and Listening module is made up of three parts at ISE I and four parts at ISE II and III
Task 1: Topic task – You must prepare a topic to talk about. At ISE III level it must be discursive.
Task 2: Collaborative task (NOT ISE I) – You hear a prompt and then you have to start and maintain a conversation by asking lots of questions.
Task 3: Conversation task – You have a conversation about a subject chosen by the examiner.
Task 4: Independent listening task – You listen to a text of about 2.5 minutes. The first time you have to explain what it is about. The second time you should make notes and then use them to give information to the examiner.
Again, in this part you will need to make sure that you show that you can use all the language functions for the level. See the guides for information on the functions.