Skills for Life Level 1
Trinity’s Level 1 Certificate is the fourth stage in our suite of five ESOL Skills for Life qualifications (PDF, 239KB).
At a glance
Level 1 is suitable for learners who can do things such as:
- discuss unfamiliar situations and topics; adapt speech to audience and context; present information in a logical sequence
- read and understand texts on a variety of unfamiliar topics (eg articles, reports; advertisements); produce texts in a variety of styles and formats to suit the purpose and audience (eg informal correspondence, completing a job application form, producing short reports)
- use language items such as: imbedded questions; reported speech; simple passive; conditional sentences; complex adverbial phrases; range of connectives; use of apostrophes/ bullet points/ dashes
Level 1 can be taken as a standalone Speaking & Listening exam or a four-skills exam in Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.
Download a one page overview of the exam structure (PDF, 190KB).
Download the complete Level 1 syllabus (PDF, 116KB) which contains full candidate profiles and explains the exam format and the skills and knowledge tested.
ESOL Skills for Life exams are changing, with new syllabuses and exams from September 2014.
Resources: Speaking & Listening
Sample Exam Videos
The videos below were filmed under real exam conditions with genuine candidates – they’re not model answers.You should always view them together with the marks and rationales document (PDF, 427KB). This contains the marks awarded to each candidate and explains the reasons for awarding the marks. The Speaking and Listening Performance Descriptors (PDF, 196KB) are what Trinity examiners use to assess a candidate’s performance against the syllabus requirements.
The Skills for Life exams have changed slightly since the older videos were made so their content may not match the current syllabus exactly. They are provided for reference purposes only.
Role-plays and group discussion
Candidates at this level have to perform a role-play task and a group discussion task. Download specimen role-play and group discussion tasks (PDF, 280KB) to practise with students.
Resources: Reading and Writing
Trinity has developed new Level 1 and Level 2 reading tests to replace the National Literacy Tests (NLTs) at these levels. These are available from January-August 2014.
The new tests take the form of a 60-minute exam paper taken under controlled conditions at a Trinity registered exam centre. At both levels, the exam paper has four tasks containing a total of 30 items.
You can download the test specifications and sample papers below.
Writing: past papers
You’ll find older papers in our resource archive.
Writing: sample answers
The sample candidate answers above were produced by genuine candidates – they’re not model answers. You should always review them together with the marks and rationales document (PDF, 355KB). This contains the marks awarded to each candidate and explains the reasons for awarding the marks.
The Writing Exam Performance Descriptors (PDF, 438KB) are what Trinity markers use to assess a candidate’s performance against the syllabus requirements.
ESOL Skills for Life: Level 1 is fully accredited by Ofqual – download the Ofqual qualification titles and codes (PDF, 230KB)