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Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE)

Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE)Trinity’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.



Code 6009
Next Session July
Duration of courses 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks, 8 weeks
Courses Type N/A

 Trinity’s GESE exams are designed to complement general English language courses, and exam preparation focuses on the development of communicative skills and building confidence among candidates.

Though there is no requirement to have passed lower levels, or other qualifications, guidance is offered about the knowledge and skills required at each proficiency level.


Initial                  Grades      1-3

Elementary        Grades      4-6

Intermediate      Grades      7-9

Advanced          Grades    10-12

 GESE exams take the form of an unscripted conversation with a Trinity examiner and tests take between 5 and 25 minutes depending on the grade. At each stage, candidates carry out a number of speaking and listening tasks that show their fluency, accuracy and ability to communicate in English. Task components include:

The Conversation: An opportunity to demonstrate a realistic exchange of information, ideas and opinions at an appropriate level for the grade.

The Topic: Before the exam, the candidate prepares a topic of their choice – this is used as the basis for discussion and as the basis of a presentation at Advanced stage.

The Interactive task: A prompt from the examiner initiates candidate-led speaking and listening interactions – requiring an authentic exchange of information and opinions.

The Listening task: Short, spoken passages prompt the candidate to demonstrate prediction, deduction and inference skills (only at Advanced stage).

As they move up the grades, candidates undertake tasks that require a more advanced use of language. At higher grades, they are expected to take more responsibility for developing and directing the conversation, rather than simply responding to a series of questions.


 *GESE Grades 1-12 have been calibrated to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). See how GESE qualifications align to the Ofqual Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF).

This qualification is regulated by Ofqual and its respective partners in Wales and Northern Ireland.

GESE grades 5 and 6 (Level B1)Exam Preparation

Course Next start date: 12/06/17

Course held on: Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays Time: 6:30pm until 8:30 pm

Price: 2 weeks- £100

           4weeks- £200

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