GESE Advanced Grades 10-12

GESE Advanced Grades 10-12


GESE Grade CEFR Level
Grade 10 C1.1
Grade 11 C1.2
Grade 12 C2

GESE Advanced stage exams are for people with ‘advanced/proficient’ English language ability. At these grades, the candidate is expected to understand fully the examiner’s contributions and demonstrate accurate use of a wide variety of complex language. They need to express themselves spontaneously and fluently, and maintain and develop the
discussion independently.

Exam structure

The exam takes the form of an unscripted conversation and a listening task with a Trinity examiner and lasts for 25 minutes. There are five parts to the exam:

The Topic presentation: the candidate prepares in advance to give a presentation on a topic of their choice.

The Topic discussion: the candidate discusses the content of their presentation in more detail and responds to the examiner’s questions and comments.

The Interactive task: the candidate has to respond spontaneously to a task they have not seen before. It’s their responsibility to maintain the interaction – they’re expected to make comments and ask questions.

The Listening task: the candidate listens to three short passages read by the examiner and responds by completing the passage or answering a question.

The Conversation: the candidate engages in a one-to-one conversation based on two subject areas appropriate to the grade.