Linguaskill
Simplify your English language testing
Linguaskill is an online, adaptative, multi-level test designed to help organisations assess groups of candidates. It offers a complete picture of your candidates' English abilities, with fast and accurate testing of all four language skills: reading, listening, writing, and speaking. It provides detailed results and clear individual and group reports. Linguaskill can be easily administered and invigilated at your own venue at a time that suits you. All you need is a computer, an internet connection, a microphone and a set of headphones.

Important: BULATS will be retired as of December 2019 and will be replaced by Linguaskill Business.
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Linguaskill for business and education

Linguaskill is an online, multi-level test designed to help organisations assess groups of candidates. It offers a complete picture of your candidates' English abilities, with fast and accurate testing of all four language skills: reading, listening, writing, and speaking.

Linguaskill for business and education


Higher Education Institutions: Linguaskill provides an efficient way to assess language levels on admission, monitor progression and check your students meet language requirements for graduation.

Employers
: You can use Linguaskill in recruitment to ensure applicants have the right language skills for a role, or to measure the effectiveness of staff language training.


The science behind the test

Linguaskill has been developed by our dedicated team of experts. It has been trialled by speakers of over 40 languages 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.



          
for education institutions


Testing the English language levels of students is an important activity for higher education institutions and pathway providers, whether for admissions, course placement, progress measurement or graduation.

Linguaskill helps institutions test candidates easily and reliably, and provides them with fast results. Results are aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), the international standard for describing language ability.

Reasons to choose Linguaskill for education:

Fast and accurate results you can trust
Results are generated within 48 hours, with instant results for the Reading and Listening module. Linguaskill has been extensively researched and trialled by speakers of over 40 languages from 50 countries to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the results.

Easy to administer
The online test can be easily administered and invigilated at your own venue, at a time that suits you. All you need is a computer, internet connection, a microphone and headphones. You can test the English level of individuals or groups of candidates, with clear reports to compare performance.

A flexible and adaptable test for all
The test is modular
, so you can choose which combination of language skills is right for your institution. The test can be used to test candidates with varying language abilities, making it convenient to use within the whole institution.

for business
 

If your employees need to work with colleagues or customers around the world in English, it is important that you are able to measure and support their communication skills.

Two test options are available, Linguaskill General and Linguaskill Business, depending on whether the job role requires everyday English or English used in a business and corporate setting. Results are fast and accurate, and aligned to international standards.

Reasons to choose Linguaskill for business:

Accurate results you can trust
Linguaskill has been extensively researched and trialled by speakers of over 40 languages from 50 countries to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the results.

Fast results, in-depth reporting
Results are generated within 48 hours, with instant results for the Reading and Listening module. Clear individual Test Reports and Group Reports are provided for easy comparison of performance, and the results are aligned to international standard measures to allow you to make informed decisions.

Reliable and easy to administer
The online test can be easily administered and invigilated at your own venue, at a time that suits you. All you need is a computer, internet connection, a microphone and headphones. You can test the English level of individuals or groups of candidates.
Linguaskill test format

Linguaskill is a flexible, modular assessment, which tests:
  • Reading and Listening (combined)
  • Writing
  • Speaking

Administer the test onsite using just a computer, internet connection, a microphone and a set of headphones. No specialist software or equipment is needed (check technical requirements).

Linguaskill has four parts:



Reading and listening: 60-85 minutes (7 parts)

The Reading and Listening module is adaptive, so there is not a fixed number of questions. Each question the candidate answers helps the computer to understand their level better. The test finishes when the candidate has answered enough questions for Linguaskill to identify their level accurately. Results for the Reading and Listening module are provided immediately.

Number of parts:
7
Number of questions:Variable
Extension of the texts:Variable
Types of questions – Reading tasks:

  • Read and select
    Candidates read a notice, diagram, label, memo or letter containing a short text and choose the sentence or phrase that most closely matches the meaning of the text. There are three possible answers.
  • Gapped sentences
    Candidates read a sentence with a missing word (gap) and choose the correct word to fill the gap. There are four choices for each gap.
  • Multiple-choice gap-fill
    Candidates choose the right word or phrase to fill the gaps in a text. There are four choices for each gap.
  • Open gap-fill
    Candidates read a short text in which there are some missing words (gaps) and write in the missing word in each gap.
  • Extended reading
    Candidates read a longer text and answer a series of multiple-choice questions. The questions are in the same order as the information in the text.
Types of questions – Listening tasks:

  • Listen and select
    Candidates listen to a short audio recording and answer a multiple-choice question with three options.
  • Extended listening
    Candidates listen to a longer recording and answer a series of multiple-choice questions based on it. The questions are in the same order as the information they hear in the recording.



Writing: 45 minutes (2 parts)

The Writing module asks candidates to input answers using a computer keyboard. Answers are marked automatically by the computer. Results will be available within 12 hours.

Format:
Candidates record their answers
Example topics:future plans free time and hobbies, using and learning English, family and friends, travel and holidays, places and sights studying and working, shopping, sport, music, home life, technology

Part 1
Email:

The candidate will will be asked to write a minimum of 50 words.

Marks: One half of the final Writing result.

Types of questions:
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 2
Long text:
The candidate will be asked to write a minimum of 180 words.

Marks: One half of the final Writing result.

Types of questions:
Candidates read a short text outlining a scenario and respond using the information in the scenario and the three bullet points. Candidates will write a letter or a report of at least 180 words. Candidates should spend about 30 minutes on this.




Speaking: 15 minutes (5 parts)

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.
Part 1
Interview:

The candidate answers eight questions about themselves (the first two questions are not marked).
Questions:
Marks in part 1:
8
20% of the marks.
Part 2
Reading aloud:
The candidate reads eight sentences aloud.
Questions:
Marks in part 2:
8
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:
Marks in part 3:

1
20% of the marks.
Part 4
Long turn 2:
The candidate is given one or more graphics (such as a diagram or information sheet) to talk about for one minute. One minute is allowed for preparation.
Questions:
Marks in part 4:

1
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:
Marks in part 5:

5
20% of the marks.ccccc
Linguaskill results

Results for Linguaskill are provided instantly for Reading and Listening, and within 48 hours for all skills. With a computer-generated Test Report Form, there is no waiting for printed certificates or other documents.

New feature: Institutions who administer Linguaskill now have the option to allow candidates to view their results online. This means that candidates do not need to wait to be sent their Test Report Forms. Institutions have the choice whether or not to make this feature available to candidates.


Linguaskill assesses English language ability from below A1 to C1 or above on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Test results also show Cambridge English Scale scores.You'll see a Cambridge English Scale score and CEFR Level for each skill tested so you can see where test takers have performed well, and where they can improve.

If more than one skill is tested, you'll see an overall average result.
Along with the candidates' results, each Test Report Form includes a short description of what a typical candidate can do at the relevant CEFR level.

The Cambridge English Scale is a range of scores used for reporting the results of Cambridge English exams. It allows you to quickly understand what your candidates' level of English is.

The CEFR is the international benchmark for describing language ability. This means you can compare Linguaskill results to international standards.

Linguaskill
score
CEFR
level
180+
C1 or above
160 - 179
B2
140 - 159
B1
120 - 139
A2
100 - 119
A1
82 - 99
Below A1


Easy-to-understand report format

You can produce reports for individuals or groups, depending on your needs. You can also produce a breakdown of scores by group and level, allowing easy comparison of ability across your whole organisation.

Linguaskill results report format



Linguaskill results are presented in a clear and easy-to-understand Test Report Form.

The form will show you:
  • your candidates' Cambridge English Scale score for each skill tested
  • an overall Cambridge English Scale score, which is an average of the individual scores
  • your candidates' CEFR level for each skill tested
  • an overall CEFR score
  • an explanation of what each score means in terms of English language ability.

 Download a sample Test Report Form...

 Download a sample group report...

Linguaskill preparation resources
Free online sample tests

Use these online sample tests to familiarise yourself with the types of questions used on Linguaskill.

Take the Linguaskill Reading and Listening sample test...

Take the Linguaskill Writing sample test...



Note: The Reading and Listening sample test is not adaptive and is shorter that a real test. Sample tests do not provide a result or save your answers.
The Speaking sample test requires a headphone set and microphone.
Official Cambridge English preparation materials


Cambridge English Empower is a general course that covers all levels of the CEFR. You can choose a course to suit your needs, from A1-C1.

Buy online the Cambridge English Empower book...

 
Linguaskill informative documents

Download the Linguaskill listening and reading trial report...
Download the Linguaskill writing trial report...
Download the Linguaskill Computer adaptative testing of listening and reading report...
Download the Linguaskill brochure ...
Are you a private candidate?
It’s easy to register for Linguaskill
in just three steps:
Step 1  Find an exam date

Use our online search to find a Linguaskill exam date.

Step 2  Complete the registration form

You can complete the exam registration form online or come to our offices to register for an exam.

Step 3  Make payment

Payment for the exam must be made before the registration deadline.
If you register after the deadline a late fee of 40 Euros will be applied. You can choose to pay for your exam via the following payment methods:

  1. By credit/debit card




  2. By bank transfer to any of the following accounts:
    Banco Santander
    Account holder: Assessment and Certification Services, S.L.
    Account number: 0049 4754 89 2516056032
    IBAN: ES9400494754892516056032
    Banco Sabadell
    Account holder: Assessment and Certification Services, S.L.
    Account number: 0081 0053 54 0001180228
    IBAN: ES7300810053540001180228
    IMPORTANT: If you pay for your exam by bank transfer you should clearly state the name and surname/s of the candidate and the level and date of the exam session. All transfers must reach us free of bank charges or interest. Exams Catalunya will not be responsible for these charges. You must send us the payment receipt by email to registrations@exams-catalunya.com so that we may trace your payment with the bank. Your place on the exam will not be confirmed until we receive a payment receipt for the exam fee.

  3. At our offices:
    Registration and payment for exams may also be made at our offices. If candidates choose this option payment should be made on registering. Payment may be made in cash, by bank transfer or credit/debit card.

    C/ Freixa, 5-9
    08021 Barcelona
    Tel: 934 111 333
    Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

    The candidate may register directly or send someone to register in his/her name.
IMPORTANT: After we receive the exam registration form a confirmation of receipt will be sent to the candidate. Once the exam fees have been settled the candidate will receive confirmation that he/she is registered to take the exam.
If you do not receive confirmation of your exam registration within 3 working days please phone us on tel.: 934 111 333. You should also check that our email has not been sent to your junk/spam mail folder.

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