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Linguaskill is a quick and convenient online test to help candidates & organisations check the English levels of individuals and groups of candidates. It tests all four language skills: speaking, writing, reading and listening.

Results are available within 48 hours.

Results are aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), the international standard for describing language ability.

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About the test

Linguaskill for education institutions

If you need to measure a candidate’s level of English for admission, progression over time or graduation, Linguaskill can help you to do so accurately and efficiently.

Linguaskill for employers

The ability to communicate well in English is essential for many businesses. Linguaskill can help to ensure your workforce has the skills needed to perform effectively.

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TEST FORMAT AND TASK TYPES

Linguaskill is a modular online test which assesses all four language skills: reading, listening, writing and speaking. This gives you choice about the skills you want to assess. Linguaskill is available as two options, General and Business.  This gives you the ability to choose the sort of language that will be tested, based on your objectives.

LINGUASKILL GENERAL

Linguaskill General tests language used in daily life, making it ideal for university admission or exit, and recruitment for roles in a non-business-specific environment. For example, where the employee needs strong English skills to perform their role effectively, but will not need specialist business terminology.

This makes the test suitable for a broad spectrum of organisations. Test topics include studying and working, making future plans, travel and technology.

LINGUASKILL BUSINESS

Linguaskill Business tests English used in a business and corporate setting, and is most suitable for recruitment in organisations where employees are expected to be familiar with the language of business.

It is suitable for large or small organisations, which may be operating on an international level. Test topics include the buying and selling of products or services, the office, business travel and human resources.

Writing

The Writing module asks candidates to input answers using a computer keyboard. Answers are marked automatically by the computer. Results will be available within 48 hours.

Length:45 minutes (2 parts)
Part 1 (Email)The candidate will be asked to write a minimum of 50 words.
Marks in Part 1:One half of the final Writing result.
Part 2 (Long text)The candidate will be asked to write a minimum of 180 words.
Marks in Part 2:One half of the final Writing result.
Types of questions:

Part one
Candidates read a short prompt, usually an email. They use the information in the prompt and the three bullet points to write an email of at least 50 words. Candidates should spend about 15 minutes on this.

Part two
Candidates read a short text outlining a scenario and respond using the information in the scenario and the three bullet points. Linguaskill General candidates will write at least 180 words to a wider audience and may be asked to produce a variety of text types (e.g. review, article, web post). Linguaskill Business candidates will write a letter or report of at least 180 words, often to a manager or staff within the company or to external clients.

 

Writing

The Writing module asks candidates to input answers using a computer keyboard. Answers are marked automatically by the computer. Results will be available within 48 hours.

Length:45 minutes (2 parts)
Part 1 (Email)The candidate will be asked to write a minimum of 50 words.
Marks in Part 1:One half of the final Writing result.
Part 2 (Long text)The candidate will be asked to write a minimum of 180 words.
Marks in Part 2:One half of the final Writing result.
Types of questions:

Part one
Candidates read a short prompt, usually an email. They use the information in the prompt and the three bullet points to write an email of at least 50 words. Candidates should spend about 15 minutes on this.

Part two
Candidates read a short text outlining a scenario and respond using the information in the scenario and the three bullet points. Linguaskill General candidates will write at least 180 words to a wider audience and may be asked to produce a variety of text types (e.g. review, article, web post). Linguaskill Business candidates will write a letter or report of at least 180 words, often to a manager or staff within the company or to external clients.

 

Speaking

The Speaking module is taken using a computer with a microphone and headphones. Questions are presented to the candidate through the computer screen and headphones, and their responses are recorded and assessed by examiners. Results will be available within 48 hours.

There are five parts to the Speaking module.

Length: 15 minutes (5 parts)

Part 1 (interview)The candidate answers eight questions about themselves (the first two questions are not marked).
Questions:8
Marks in Part 1:20% of the marks.
Part 2 (reading aloud)The candidate reads eight sentences aloud.
Questions:8
Marks in Part 2:20% of the marks.
Part 3 (long turn 1)The candidate is given a topic to talk about for one minute. 40 seconds are allowed for preparation.
Questions:1
Marks in Part 3:20% of the marks.
Part 4 (long turn 2)The candidate is given one or more graphics (for example a chart, diagram or information sheet) to talk about for one minute. One minute is allowed for preparation.
Questions:1
Marks in Part 4:20% of the marks.
Part 5
(communication activity)
The candidate gives their opinions in the form of short responses to five questions related to one topic. One minute is allowed for preparation.
Questions:5
Marks in Part 5:20% of the marks.

 

THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE TEST

Linguaskill has been developed by Cambridge Assessment English dedicated team of experts. It has been trialled by speakers of over 40 languags from 50 countries to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the results. It combines the latest technology with the reliability and quality you expect from Cambridge Assessment English.

HOW ADAPTIVE TESTING WORKS WITHIN THE READING AND LISTENING MODULE

The Reading and Listening module is adaptive: questions become easier or more difficult depending on an individual’s previous answer. As a result, every candidate receives a unique version of the test tailored to their ability level. This means that the test is suitable for all abilities and offers a personalised experience.

HOW THE AUTOMARKER WORKS WITHIN THE LINGUASKILL WRITING TEST

The Writing module uses innovative automarker technology. Candidates input answers using a computer keyboard and their answers are automatically marked by the computer. This video explains how the automarker technology works within the Writing module and how it is as reliable as a human marker.

How results are presented

Exam Booking Process

1. Complete exam booking form online, choose your test format (Linguaskill General / Business) select exam date, and preferred time slot.
2. Receive payment link by email.
3. 48 hours before your exam day you will receive your secure exam weblink.
4. Login to your secure exam weblink at your selected time on your exam day – you will then receive instructions from your live exam proctor.
5. Complete test online.
Receive results online within 48 hours!

Exam Fees

Choose which exam you would like to book.

4 Skills

Listening, Reading, Writing & Speaking
£ 69 (includes remote proctoring)
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1 Skill

Listening & Reading
£ 30 (includes remote proctoring)
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1 Skill

Writing
£ 30 (includes remote proctoring)
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1 Skill

Speaking
£ 30 (includes remote proctoring)
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