The Linguaskill test is a computer-based, online test divided into Listening, Reading and Writing. In each test, you will have to answer questions on screen. These can be in a variety of different types.
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|Read and select||Candidates 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 sentences||Candidates 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-fill||Candidates choose the right word or phrase to fill the gaps in a text. There are three or 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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Interview||The candidate answers eight questions about themselves (the first two questions are not marked).|
|Reading Aloud||The candidate reads eight sentences aloud.|
|Long turn||The candidate is given a topic to talk about for one minute. 40 seconds are allowed for preparation.|
|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.|
|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.|
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