Linguaskill - from Cambridge

Linguaskill is a modular online test with Reading & Listening (combined), Writing and Speaking.

One test for all levels from A1 to C1!

Linguaskill General tests language used in daily life, making it ideal for business or personal use, whereas Linguaskill Business tests English used in a business and corporate setting.

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Recognised by Austrian authorities e.g. AMS!

In Austria the Linguaskill Test is recognised by the authorities (MA35, AMS, ...).

Therefore Linguaskill General can be used for applications for the Rot-Weiss-Rot Card. To do this, you must complete all language skills. When registering for the test, you do not need to decide in advance which level you are aiming for (for example A2 or B1). The test automatically adapts to your level and you will receive the result by e-mail so that you can print it out. You can then submit this to the authorities.

Authorities, employers and universities can quickly and easily check the authenticity of the Linguaskill test report via this Onlineportal using a unique identification number on the test report.

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Great reasons to choose Linguaskill

  • Fast results: You will receive your results via email for all skills 2 business days after the exam (no certificate will be printed for you).
  • Asses your language skills according to international standards, giving you both a score on the Cambridge English Scale and your CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference) level.
  • Multilevel-Test: Linguaskill covers several levels, so that candidates with different levels of knowledge can all be assessed using the same test.
  • Register at short notice and receive the results quickly.
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Linguaskill Anywhere

Take the test online!

  • Choose a test date and take the test online from home.
  • Please note the technical requirements and be aware that a quiet and private test area is required.
  • During the test you will be filmed using your webcam, sound recording and event logs will also be saved.
  • Every test is checked for potential cheating and fraud using the recorded video, audio and event logs. This includes for example; identity fraud, other people in the test room, any kind of aids, help via special programs etc.
  • All recording are deleted after 6 months.

Requirements:

  • You must be at least 16 years old.
  • You must have access to a computer with a headset, webcam and microphone.
  • You have access to a suitable and secure environment for the test.
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Linguaskill results

The Linguaskill test report includes:

  • Total points score on the Cambridge English Scale for each skill - this gives a fast overview of each candidates language skills.
  • Language level on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for each language skill tested - Linguaskill scores can easily be compared to international standards (A1 to C1+).
  • Average Cambridge English Score and CEFR level for all language skills combined.
  • An explanation of what the results mean in concrete terms in terms of English language skills - so candidates can easily see where they did well and where they could improve.
  • Whether the candidate has taken the Linguaskill General or Linguaskill Business exam.

Here you can see an example Test Report.

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Test format and task types

The contents and topics vary depending on the test type, the format remains the same:

  • Linguaskill General: for daily life situations (for example for those working in tourism)
  • Linguaskill Business: for business and corporate settings (includes the language of business)

Both options are digital and take place online (from home). Please inform us which test type you would like to take when registering.

1. Reading and Listening

Duration: approx. 60–85 Minutes (varies)

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.

Note: The Reading & Listening sample test is not adaptive and shorter than a real test.

 Example Test READING & LISTENING - Linguaskill GENERAL

Example Test READING & LISTENING Linguaskill BUSINESS




 

Reading - Types of questions
Read and selectCandidates read a notice, 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 sentencesCandidates read a sentence with a missing word (gap) and choose the correct word to fill the gap. There are three or four choices for each gap.
Multiple-choice gap-fillCandidates choose the right word or phrase to fill the gaps in a text. There are three or four choices for each gap.
Open gap-fillCandidates read a short text in which there are some missing words (gaps) and write in the missing word in each gap.
Extended readingCandidates 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 - Types of questions
Listen and selectCandidates listen to a short audio recording and answer a multiple-choice question with three options.
Extended listeningCandidates 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.

2. Writing

Duration: 45 Minutes

The Writing module asks candidates to input answers using a computer keyboard. Answers are marked automatically by the computer. The test consists of two parts, each part accounts for 50% of the final mark.

Example test WRITING - LINGUASKILL GENERAL

Example test WRITING - LINGUASKILL BUSINESS

Writing - Types of questions

Part 1

(E-Mail)

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

(Longer text)

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.

3. Speaking

Duration: 15 Minutes

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. There are 5 parts in the Speaking module and each part is given equal weight (20%).

Example test SPEAKING - LINGUASKILL GENERAL

Example test SPEAKING - LINGUASKILL BUSINESS

Speaking - Types of questions

Part 1 (interview)

The candidate answers eight questions about themselves (the first two questions are not marked).

8 Questions

Part 2 (reading aloud)

The candidate reads eight sentences aloud.

8 Questions

Part 3 (long turn 1 - presentation)

The candidate is given a topic to talk about for one minute. 40 seconds are allowed for preparation.

1 Question

Part 4 (long turn 2 - presentation)

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.

1 Question

Teil 5 (communication activity)

The candidate gives their opinions in the form of short responses to five questions related to one topic. 40 seconds are allowed for preparation.

5 Questions

REGISTRATION

Here you can download the Linguaskill exam registration form.

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Linguaskill Anywhere - Registration and Candidate Guidelines

International candidates (or Candidates from outside Austria) must confirm their intention to come to Austria and therefore require the Linguaskill test for visa purposes.

Summary Regulations for Linguaskill Candidates

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Please send the completed form and a copy of your ID by email to: office@cambridge.at 

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The exam fee is € 170.

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We will send you the access details via e-mail within two working days after having received your payment.

Payment

Here you can pay for your Linguaskill test. Accepted methods of payment: credit card / debit card / Apple Pay / Google Pay / EPS transfer.

Technical requirements

In order to complete the test, these are the minimum technical requirements:

Computer
  • A laptop or desktop computer (a tablet or mobile phone is not accepted).
  • Operating system (for PC): Windows 7 or later version.
  • Browser: Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox
Webcam & Headset

A working webcam, internal or external. A headset is recommended, but headphones and a separate microphone can also be used.

Completing the test
  • Use a closed, quiet and bright space in a private environment (public places are not allowed).
  • The table must be completely free of electronic devices and documents, apart from your computer or laptop. Prepared notes, work or course books, dictionaries and any other English resource are prohibited.
  • No second screen may be used, or in the room at all.
  • You must be alone in the room for the entire duration of the test. Before starting the test, make sure you will not be interrupted.
  • Food is not allowed during the test. You can have a clear bottle of water (without a label!) at the table.
  • You must have a valid photo ID available. The ID must have a photo and your name on the same side.
  • You must not wear clothing that covers your face.
Notes and Recordings
  • Taking notes during the exam is not allowed.
  • It is forbidden to record the test session in any way (this applies to audio, video and any other recording).