Linguaskill, the English language test with fast and accurate results
Linguaskill is Cambridge Assessment English’s new multi-level test to prove your level of English. With Linguaskill you neither pass nor fail, as it covers all levels of the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). It is a very flexible English test, in which the candidate chooses the skills they need to be assessed: Reading and Listening (combined), Writing, and Speaking. The test features the latest technology in
artificial intelligence, adapting the difficulty of the test to the candidate’s level of English.
Linguaskill can be easily organised and monitored, at any time or even at a company or university’s own premises. All you need is a computer, an internet connection and a headset with a microphone.
Results are available within 48 hours and are aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), the international standard for describing language skills. In addition, the results report has no expiry date.
Linguaskill is a modular test in which all four linguistic skills are assessed: Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking.
This gives you the possibility to choose which skills you want to take the test in.
The test is available in two versions: Linguaskill General and Linguaskill Business, which gives you the ability to
choose the type of language you want to be tested on.
Linguaskill General assesses language used in everyday life, making it perfect to secure a place at or to graduate from university, as well as for selection processes for jobs in a non-business environment. This would be the case if the employee needs strong English language skills to carry out their role effectively but does not require specialised business terminology.
This makes the test suitable for a wide range of organisations. Test topics include study, work, plans for the future, travel and technology.
Linguaskill Business tests English used in a business and corporate environment. It is the most suitable choice for selection processes in organisations whose employees are expected to be familiar with the language of business.
It is suitable for small and large organisations that may be operating on an international level. Test topics include buying and selling products and services, office, business travel and human resources.
Reading and Listening
This module is flexible, so there is no set number of questions. Each question the candidate answers helps
the computer to better understand their level of English. The test ends when the candidate has answered
enough questions for the computer system to identify their level accurately.
The Reading and Listening module results are provided immediately.
|Time available||60 – 85 minutes|
|No. of questions:||Variable|
|Length of texts:||Variable|
|Type of questions – Reading module tasks:||
Read and select
|Type of questions – Listening module tasks:||
Listen and select
The Writing module asks candidates to enter answers using the computer keyboard. The answers are automatically scored by the system. Results will be available within 12 hours.
|Time available||45 minutes|
|Part 1 (email):||Candidates must write an email of at least 50 words.|
|Score part 1:||50%|
|Part 2 (long text)||The candidate will be asked to write a minimum of 180 words.|
|Score Part 2:||50%|
|Types of questions:||
The Speaking module requires the use of a computer and a headset with a microphone. The questions are presented to the candidate via the screen and headphones. Their answers are recorded and then marked by the examiners. The results will be available within 48 hours. Each part makes up 20% of the final maeks for this test.
|Time available||15 minutes|
|Part 1 (interview):||The candidate answers eight personal questions (the first two are not scored).|
|Score part 1:||20%.|
|Part 2 (read aloud):||The candidate must read out 8 sentences.|
|Score part 2:||20%.|
|Part 3 (long turn 1):||The candidate is given a topic on which to speak for approximately one minute. The
candidate is given 40 seconds to prepare.
|Score part 3:||20%.|
|Parte 4 (long turn 2)||The candidate is shown one or more graphs (e.g. a chart, a diagram or a fact sheet)
about which they must speak for one minute. They are given one minute to prepare. There is only one question for this part.
|Score part 4:||20%.|
|Part 5 (communicative activity):||The candidate gives their opinion, in the form of short answers, on
five questions related to a topic. One minute is allowed for preparation.
|Score part 5:||20%.|