What is Trinity College London?

Trinity College London is an independent international exams board, fully accredited in England as an awarding body. Trinity provides qualifications in the English language, music and performing arts throughout the world.

Trinity has been examining since the 1870s and now over half a million people each year take these exams.

Trinity believes in recognising the achievements of every learner. Each journey starts with a first step — including the journey of learning English.

The Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE)

The Graded Examinations in Spoken English are designed for all learners of English.

There are 12 grades in total, so whatever the students level of English there is an exam that they can take - and should pass!

Learners of English - particularly children - like to know that they are progressing and that the language they have learnt can be used in a real-life situation. Trinity recognises this and values the positive motivational effect of an exam which encourages further learning.

Each GESE exam is conducted in person by a Trinity examiner. All Trinity examiners are highly trained and experienced. The exam consists of a one-to-one conversation with the examiner during which the students demonstrate that they can communicate in English.

Drama and Speech Examinations

Graded examinations in Drama & Speech may be taken in the following subjects: Acting and Speaking Communication Skills

All these subjects are available at three levels:

Foundation (Grades 1-3) Intermediate (Grades 4-5) Advanced (Grades 6-8)

Speech and Drama Solo

The Trinity syllabus in Speech and Drama offers the candidate complete freedom of choice of performance items, includes acting and poetry-speaking, offers candidates a choice between sight-reading or story-telling, includes improvisation and discussion of the selections including (as the grades advance) relevant aspects of theory. This syllabus is a very good choice for candidates wishing to broaden and enrich their understanding of literature, as well as for those wishing to progress in a range of speech performance skills.

Performing Text Solo

Performing Text is a popular alternative to the Speech and Drama syllabus for developing performance skills with candidates who do not wish to demonstrate specific skills in acting. This option concentrates on performance of verse and prose, and prepared and unprepared reading. In the early grades less memorised text is required. This option does not require acting or improvisation but it does allow for the development of interpretation and presentation skills. Discussion is on the selection, preparation and interpretation of the selections presented only.

Communication Skills

The Communication Skills Grades syllabus for individuals is available at all Grade levels

Foundation (Grades 1 - 3),
Intermediate (Grades 4 - 5) and
Advanced (Grades 6 - 8).

At every level, the syllabus supports the development of presentation skills, clear expressive speech, logical thought, and confidence in maintaining a point of view.

At Initial level, the candidate will give a talk about a small object he has brought into the room and tell a brief story. Meeting and greeting is part of the assessment. At Foundation level, conversation may include discussion of the candidates interests, and prepared role-play of a situation in which the candidate has to be persuasive, in addition to a prepared talk about a news item.

At Intermediate level, reading aloud and listening skills are additional tasks.

At Advanced level, - demonstration or persuasive presentation is required. At Grade 8, skill in summarising is tested both in presentation and listening, and the candidates presentation - with audio and visual aids - is a critical evaluation of the communication tools used in advertising, politics, education or religion.

Why Trinity?

Trinity exams and assessments are designed to help students progress. They inspire learners and mark their achievement at each stage of their development and at all levels of competence. These exams focus on assessing skills and how effectively the candidates can apply what they have learnt, not just on knowledge for its own sake. Trinity also encourage candidates to bring their own choices and interests into our exams - this motivates students and makes the assessment more relevant and enjoyable.

Trinity exams are internationally recognised and fully accredited by OFQUAL (Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) and other education authorities in many countries around the world.


Trinity College Londons Integrated Skills in English (ISE) examinations and Graded Examinations in Spoken English (GESE) are recognised by higher educational institutions around the world as evidence of English language proficiency for student admission.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

Qualifications accredited at Level 3 are considered for points within the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Tariff table. This is the system used by applicants who wish to enter UKs Higher Education. Trinity Grades 6 to 8 in Music, Drama and Speech are recognised within this scheme as are Gold grades in Arts Award.

UCAS Points

Trinity College Londons Advanced Grade Qualifications for solo and pair examinations (Grades 6 - 8) are accepted into the UK Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) - tariff and will attract the following UCAS points for university and HE entry from 2008 onwards:

Grade 6

  • Pass 20 points
  • Merit 35 points
  • Distinction 40 points

Grade 7

Grade 8

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