Linguaskill by Cambridge2021-09-07T13:06:43+00:00

Linguaskill by Cambridge The accurate English test with fast results

The Linguaskill English Test by Cambridge Assessment English is the accurate and fast test of English proficiency used and trusted by organisations and educational institutions worldwide. Linguaskill with remote proctoring is a multi-level and adaptive test created to assess your English level in the most efficient way. You can now take all skills (Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing) individually, on-demand and independently.

Whether you have been asked to take the test by your current or prospective employer or university, or want to enhance your career by taking a Cambridge test, we help you prove your English skills to the world.

Here are the benefits of taking the Linguaskill test with Swiss Exams Skills:

  • take your exam conveniently from home – 100% online

  • fast results

  • schedule the test when best for you

  • flexible and unlimited choice of exam dates

  • prove your English level up to C1 or higher

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Linguaskill for test takers

Learn more about Linguaskill

Linguaskill General English

Linguakill 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. 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 English

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.

Each Linguaskill module is independent and you can choose between taking the complete Linguaskill test or specific modules which can be combined, depending on your needs.

Module Time
Reading & Listening 60-85 minutes
Speaking 15 minutes
Witing 45 minutes
Reading & Listening2021-03-16T08:08:42+00:00

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.

 

Reading and Listening: 60-85 minutes (7 parts), number of questions is variable

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.

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.

Linguaskill General Reading & Listening sample test
Linguaskill Business Reading & Listening sample test
Speaking2021-03-16T08:06:46+00:00

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.

Speaking module, 15 minutes, 5 parts

Part 1 (Interview)

  • The candidate answers eight questions about himself.

Part 2 (reading aloud)

  • The candidate reads eight sentences aloud.

Part 3 (long turn 1)

  • The candidate talks about a topic for one minute.

Part 3 (long turn 2)

  • The candidate is given one or more graphics (diagram or information sheet) to talk about for one minute.

Part 5 (communication activity)

  • The candidate gives his opinion in the form of short responses to five questions related to one topic.

 

Linguaskill General Speaking sample test
Linguaskill Business Speaking sample test
Writing2021-03-16T08:01:24+00:00

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.

Writing module, 45 minutes (2 parts)

Part 1

  • 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 to a private audience.
  • Marks: one half of the final Writing result.

Part 2

  • Candidates read a short text outlining a scenario and respond using the information in the scenario and the three bullet points. 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).
  • Marks: one half of the final Writing result

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

 

Linguaskill General Writing sample test
Linguaskill Business Writing sample test

How to register for Linguaskill with remote proctoring

Step 1

  1. Choose the complete test or one skill/module.
  2. Purchase the test with Swiss Exams Skills.
  3. Receive purchase confirmation and further instructions for your test.
  4. Receive account information for Swiss Exams – Candidate Access. 

Continue with step 2.

Or

  1. You have received a voucher from an organisation and are asked to go to Swiss Exams Skills to redeem your voucher.
  2. Apply the voucher code and go through the payment process.
  3. Receive purchase confirmation and further instructions for your test.
  4. Receive account information for Swiss Exams – Candidate Access.

Continue with step 2.

Step 2

Plan your Linguaskill remote-proctored test on a date and time that suits your needs.

  1. Register with ProctorU
    Go to this website
    1. Select Institution – Swiss Exams
    2. Complete your personal details
  2. Schedule my test
    Schedule your test here
    1. Confirm your institution – Swiss Exams.
    2. Select a term – Current Exams.
    3. Select your test– e.g. Linguaskill General Reading & Listening.
    4. Schedule Session.

Step 3

Before you take your test, it is very important to complete the entire Pre-Test and Testing Environment Set-up.

To ensure you do not experience any technical issues, it is very important to complete the steps detailed oin the link below:

Complete these steps before your test
Items you need to have for your test
Your Test Day – What to expect
Watch this video before your test

Step 4

When you’ve completed the Pre-Test and Testing Environment Set-Up, you are all set to take the Linguaskill test.

  1. Copy your Linguaskill test token from your Swiss Exams – Candidate Access.
  2. Login by copying the token/entry code into the respective field on the website provided to you by the proctor.
  3. Take the test online in a protected environment and with online invigilation.

We wish you good luck with your test!

Prepare for your Linguaskill test

We have a range of resources that help test takers who are preparing for a Linguaskill test.

First of all, familiarize yourself with the test; it’s question types and format (link to Format tab?)

Preparation videos

Watch a series of preparation videos to prepare well for your Linguaskill exam.

Free online sample tests

Use these online sample tests to familiarise yourself with the types of questions used on Linguaskill. These sample tests do not provide a result or save your answers.

Note: The Reading and Listening sample test is not adaptive and is shorter than a real test. The Speaking sample test requires a headphone set and microphone.

Free online practice tests

Practice tests help you get comfortable with the format and layout of the test while providing you with feedback on the responses you have entered. You can take these practice tests as many times as you like.

Note: Linguaskill is an adaptive test that changes the questions based on your answers, to provide you with a score. Our practice tests are not adaptive – there are three tests available, at elementary, intermediate, and advanced levels.

Here you will find examples of Writing responses for each level and test section. They demonstrate the content that needs to be written in order to achieve the different levels. Examiner commentary is given to explain the reasons behind why each level was achieved.

Writing Practice

Do you want to practice your written English? The free online tool “Write & Improve” includes specific Linguaskill Business-related writing topics, it is a fantastic way to improve your writing skills. Write & Improve give you feedback in seconds.

The Speaking criteria gives information on what a candidate needs to demonstrate in order to reach each CEFR level.

Download the Linguaskill Speaking Assessment Criteria

Speaking Practice

Would you like to practice your spoken English? Speak and Improve is a great way to practise your speaking skills and get used to the experience of taking an online speaking test like Linguaskill.

Top Tips

Receive our top tips for Linguaskill, created by our Cambridge English assessment specialists to give you the best chance of succeeding in your test:

Official Quick Guide to Linguaskill

The official test preparation, the Linguaskill Quick Guide includes:

  • 10 hours of familiarisation and practice of the test
  • information on the test structure and examples of every question type in the test
  • hints and tips on how to succeed in the test.

How to access the Quick Guide to Linguaskill ebook:

  1. download and install the Cambridge Bookshelf App on Google Play or App Store. (tablets only)
  2. register on the App
  3. search for The Official Quick Guide to Linguaskill on the bookshelf
  4. click on the book cover and follow the in-app payment steps in order to purchase and download.

Linguaskill test requirements

There are a couple of test requirements you need to take care of before you take the test. Please check the technical and hardware requirements as well as the Testing Environment Set-up so that you do not experience any issues. Additionally, it is very important that you do a pre-test to ensure a smooth test experience.

Before your test: Please make sure to go to “Requirements” to comply with the environment and technical set-up for your exam.

Go to requirements

Your Linguaskill Results

Results for the Linguaskill test are available within 48 hours.

Easy-to-understand report format

Linguaskill assesses English language ability from below A1 to C1 or above on the CEFR.

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

The Linguaskill Test Report shows:

  • Cambridge English Scale score for each skill tested
  • an overall Cambridge English Scale score, which is an average of the individual scores
  • CEFR level for each skill tested
  • an overall CEFR score
  • an explanation of what each score means in terms of English language ability
  • whether the candidate took the Business or General test.
Download a Test Report Sample

Linguaskill score and Level comparison

Linguaskill assesses English language ability from below A1 to C1 or above on the CEFR:

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

Have confidence that a Linguaskill Test Report is authentic. If you need to check that a candidate’s Test Report is authentic, you can do so by clicking here. This short video explains how it works.

Video

Learn more about the science behind Linguaskill in this video: How does the automarker correct your writing test?

How the Linguaskill automarker works video

Choose your test

Take the complete Linguaskill test with all skills or choose modules separately either for General English or Business English.

Linguakill 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. 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 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.

Why Linguaskill?

Linguaskill helps people prove your English language level for work or study. Powered by Artificial Intelligence, it provides reliable, fast results, and adaptive technology means that the test tailors to your ability, in order to offer a personalised experience.

You receive a Test Report with detailed results – aligned to the international benchmark for describing language ability, the Common European Framework of Reference – and ‘can do’ statements describing your ability. This will help you to move forward and progress with your career.

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