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Integrated Skills in English (ISE)

Integrated Skills in English (ISE) is a contemporary four skills qualification intended for young people and adults – typically at school, college or university. It is also suitable for teachers and other adults who require a respected English language qualification.

ISE assesses students’ ability to interact in English in an authentic and meaningful way through the use of integrated reading and writing tasks and integrated speaking and listening tasks. Preparing for ISE builds real-life English skills and transferable skills required for academic study and employability.

ISE is available at five levels from A2 to C2 on the Common European Framework (CEFR), so there is a level for every learner.

Assessment summary

ISE consists of two exam modules: Reading & Writing and Speaking & Listening 

The exam modules can be taken together, or at different times, when students are ready, (except when taken as a SELT test in the UK, where they must be taken on the same day). Students must pass both modules to gain an ISE qualification.

Reading & Writing
ISE Foundation (A2) ISE I (B1) ISE II (B2) ISE III (C1)
2 Reading tasks + 1 Reading into writing task + 1 Writing task
2 hours


 Speaking & Listening   
 ISE Foundation (A2)  ISE I (B1)  ISE II (B2)  ISE III (C1)
Speaking = 2 tasks
Listening = 2 tasks
13 minutes
Speaking = 2 tasks
Listening = 2 tasks
18 minutes
Speaking = 3 tasks
Listening = 1 task
20 minutes
Speaking = 3 tasks
Listening = 1 task
25 minutes

Note: ISE IV (C2) has a different format.

Please note this qualification, when taken as a SELT is suitable for UKVI visa requirements, as below, and TfL Private Hire Licence Renewal.

Tier 1 (Entrepreneur) visa B1

Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa   B1

Tier 2 (General) visa   B1

Tier 2 (Minister of Religion) visa B2

Tier 4 (General) Student visa — below degree level

Tier 4 (General) Student visa — degree level and above

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