resultados ISE- dudas frecuentes

Al recibir las notas de los módulos Reading & Writing y Speaking & Listening os adjuntamos también un diagnostic profile report, un informe más detallado de qué puntuación habéis obtenido en cada una de las tareas del examen de acuerdo con la rúbrica de evaluación. Para entender esos resultados, os recomendamos leer:

Podéis ver la explicación detallada de cada una de las rúbricas, tanto para Reading & Writing como para Speaking & Listening, en este enlace: https://www.trinitycollege.com/site/?id=3634

No estoy de acuerdo con la nota obtenida. ¿Puedo solicitar revisión de examen? 

Trinity permite pedir una revisión técnica (solamente ver si la nota ha sido transcrita correctamente a la plataforma); una revisión de la nota por parte de otro examinador, que incluye también la revisión técnica; o una segunda corrección por parte de otro corrector. En este enlace explican mejor cómo funciona: https://www.trinitycollege.com/site/?id=3579. En todos los casos cobran una tasa.

No existe la posibilidad de “ver” el examen de Reading & Writing. En cuanto acaba la sesión de examen se envía a Londres.

¿Cómo puedo solicitar la revisión de examen o segunda corrección? 

Ponte en contacto con Trinity a través de este teléfono: 985 536 155. Probablemente pedirán tu número de candidato (el mismo que aparecía en las convocatorias de examen) y datos de contacto. Ellos detallarán qué pasos seguir.

Solo he aprobado un módulo. ¿He suspendido todo el examen?

No. Si has aprobado el módulo Reading & Writing o Speaking & Listening, Trinity emitirá un certificado de ese módulo. Para obtener el certificado completo ISE de ese nivel, solo tendrás que aprobar el módulo pendiente de ese mismo nivel.

Cuando te quieras examinar del módulo pendiente, recuerda registrarte con el mismo número de candidato que aparece en el certificado del módulo aprobado, para que puedan hacer en Trinity la vinculación de módulos. [Cuando un candidato se matricula de un único módulo ISE y tiene el certificado del otro módulo del mismo nivel, es obligatorio indicar su número de registro que figura en el certificado (Candidate number) de lo contrario no se podrá realizar la VINCULACIÓN DE MÓDULOS y el candidato NO podrá recibir su certificado ISE completo]

Dentro del módulo Reading & Writing, he aprobado Reading y suspendido Writing. ¿Tengo que repetir todo el módulo, o solo Writing

Hay que repetir módulos completos. Aunque hayas aprobado Reading, tendrás que volver a examinarte de Reading & Writing. Lo mismo pasaría con el módulo Speaking & Listening: aunque hayas aprobado, por ejemplo, Listening, tendrás que repetir el módulo completo.

¿Cuándo me puedo volver a presentar para aprobar el módulo suspendido / pendiente? 

A partir de la siguiente convocatoria que sea posible por plazos de matrícula desde la notificación del resultado.

¿Puedo examinarme con otro centro? 

Sí. No hay por qué realizar los exámenes siempre con el mismo centro. Simplemente hay que recordar decir tu número de candidato del módulo aprobado a la hora de la matrícula para que desde Trinity hagan la vinculación de módulos.

¿Tengo que presentarme en un plazo determinado de tiempo al módulo pendiente para que el módulo aprobado siga siendo válido? 

En principio, no. Trinity no dice nada al respecto.

Si me examino solo de un módulo, ¿tengo que pagar el examen completo? 

No. Hay unas tasas de examen para el examen completo, pero si solo se realiza un módulo, se puede abonar unas tasas individuales para el módulo Reading & Writing (el más barato de los dos) o el Speaking & Listening (el más caro de los dos, porque tiene que desplazarse examinador).

¿Cuándo será la próxima convocatoria en el CARLEE? 

Nos pondremos en contacto con los alumnos que podáis estar interesados cuando se vaya a abrir el plazo de matrícula para la próxima convocatoria en la que podáis matricularos con el CARLEE como centro examinador.

 

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How to prepare the English oral exam. / Cómo preparar el examen oral en inglés.

Taking an oral exam in a foreign language is always a nerve-wracking experience. Not only do you have to show off your language skills, but you also have to show that you are a good communicator. And, as those of you who have already had this experience will know, the more nervous you are, the worse you speak!

However, don’t panic – an oral exam can be made a lot less stressful (and therefore more successful) if you prepare it well beforehand. Here is some advice to help you do this:

1. Do some research and know the format of the exam you are going to take.

The official oral exams have many similarities, but they also differ in some ways too, so it is vital to know EXACTLY what you are going to have to do when you sit the exam. Click on the following links to see the structure of the different exams.

EOI B2
EOI C1
FCE
CAE
Trinity ISE II
Trinity ISE III

Do you need to prepare a topic or a monologue? If you are doing the Trinity exam, then you have plenty of time to do this. Choose something that you are interested in and that you feel comfortable talking about. However, you also need to make sure you choose a topic that can be discussed in some way so don’t choose anything that’s too descriptive. Make sure that you plan and organise your presentation well, with a short introduction, the development of 3 or 4 points or arguments and a brief conclusion that summarises or reinforces the points you have made. Don’t forget to ask the examiner at least one question. 

Practice preparing monologues under pressure for the EOI exam. Using a mind map might help you to organise your ideas clearly. You could watch these videos to see how a native speaker would talk about different topics.

 mind map

2. Make sure that you are familiar with the type of questions that you are likely to be asked. 

What subject areas are you going to have to talk about? Find out and read some articles related to these areas in order to learn useful vocabulary and to build up a resource bank of ideas.

Are you going to have to initiate and maintain the conversation or give your opinion or some advice? Revise language funcions and remember to include them when you are doing the exam.

3. Work on your English in general (it’s never too late)!

  • Get your brain thinking in English and improve your pronunciation by immersing yourself in the language in the run-up to the exam. Perhaps you could watch TV in English, listen to Podcasts (we like 6 minute English) , your favourite songs (take a look at the Lyrics Training website) or the radio (maybe Vaughan radio?).
  • Meet some friends who are also preparing the same exams and chat in English.
  • Find a language exchange partner who’s willing to help you.
  • Why not contact an old Erasmus friend or try using social media sites, such as Italki to practice your speaking skills.
  • There are now lots and lots of apps that can help you improve your vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation. You could make the most of any spare time to brush up on your weaker skills this way.
  • It might sound crazy but talking to your family or pets in English might help to improve your fluency!
  • And there are many, many other ways of preparing yourself for the exams. Take a look at Natalia’s blog for more great tips: preparing B2 / preparing C1

4. Work on your communication skills and general organisation.

It is much easier to listen to a person who speaks in a clear, organised and coherent way. Practice doing this with a range of connectors, even in your mother tongue. Some exams require you to give a monologue or give a presentation. When you do this, good ORGANISATION is VITAL.

5. Don’t forget about your body language

Body language and non-verbal communication, such a eye-contact and facial expressions are also important in exam situations. Listen carefully, show interest in and react and respond to what your partner or the examiner says. To learn more, watch this video of Cambridge examiners talking about what makes a good candidate in the speaking exam.

6. Familiarize yourself with the assesment criteria 

Different exams do sometime value different things, so look at the assessment criteria to get a head start. Some exams place a great deal of importance on the correct use of language functions while others give more importance to fluency and accuracy, so check it out.

7. Watch other people doing the exam 

If you know what to expect, you will feel calmer and it will also give you a good idea of the kind of questions you might be asked.

8. Keep calm 

If you can stay calm and concentrated, your English will be better, so look for ways of dealing with the stress of this situation. A good tactic is to use fillers to give yourself breathing space and time to think. If you make a mistake, then correct yourself. If you can’t find the right word, then talk around it or describe it rather than getting stuck.

You could also try meditation or Mindfulness techniques to help you calm down before you go into the exam.

And remember, if you can stay as cool as a cucumber, the oral exam will be a piece of cake… or a walk in the park!

So… we hope that this information will help you on the big day. Good luck everyone!

luck

If you would like more information you can use the links below:

Watch this video (that we used in class) for some more great tips.

Preparing EOI exams

How to prepare an oral exam in English