Comparing the two versions of the test
Linguaskill (BULATS) is an online English test designed to provide candidates with an official certification of their communication skills. Previously known as BULATS, the exam has been recently updated and renamed.
Cambridge English provides two versions of the test: Linguaskill General and Linguaskill Business. Compare the two tests using this comparison table:
| ||Linguaskill General||Linguaskill Business
|Exam content||English language used in everyday contexts, including topics such as studying and working, travel, technology, and future plans.||English language used in business contexts, including topics such as buying and selling services and products, travel for business purposes, human resources, and the office.
|Intended audience||This test is designed for general English speakers looking to certify their skills in everyday English communication.||This test is designed for English speakers looking for an official certification of their communication skills in business English.
|Online or offline?||The test takes place online.||The test takes place online.
|Language levels||The test can be adapted for speakers from A1 to C1 on the CERF scale.||The test can be adapted for speakers from A1 to C1 on the CERF scale.
|Skills tested||All four skills are tested: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Test modules can be taken individually or in a bundle.||All four skills are tested: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Test modules can be taken individually or in a bundle.
|Registration cost||Listening and Reading: €60-80|
Four-skill bundle: €180-240
|Listening and Reading: €60-80
Four-skill bundle: €180-240
How to choose between Linguaskill General or Business?
If you’re still not sure which version of the Linguaskill is the one for you, we’ve got some tips to help you decide.
First of all, it’s important to know why you’re taking the test and what your objectives are. Do you want an English language certification for your personal satisfaction, or do you need it to apply for a certain job or administrative procedure? If you have a specific goal in mind, make sure to check that the Linguaskill certification is accepted and whether one of the two versions of the test is required.
The Linguaskill General is probably for you if:
- You’re looking to evaluate your level in English more generally
- You might intend to apply to an English-speaking university or institution
- You might intend to immigrate to an English-speaking country
The Linguaskill Business if probably the test for you if:
- You’re looking to evaluate your level in business English
- You might intend to apply for a job with an English-speaking company
The main difference between the two versions of the test is the focus that the Linguaskill Business places on business English. Otherwise, the format of the exam and the certificate are largely similar.
Once you’ve identified the right test for you, it’s time to register and start studying!
Studying online with GlobalExam
Whichever version of the Linguaskill you decide to take, you can find all the study materials you need on GlobalExam. Studying online is the most flexible learning method around: choose when, where and how you learn, adapting your schedule to your strengths and weaknesses.
GlobalExam’s free e-learning materials provide a great start for your exam preparation. By simply creating an account, you can access several different learning features:
- Training Mode (including corrected exercises)
- Revision materials (study sheets and exercises)
- An assessment test
If you would like to take your preparation to the next level with a wider selection of materials and a more personalized approach to learning, GlobalExam’s paid subscription is for you.
By upgrading to a Premium account, you can unlock more advanced learning tools, such as:
- Custom Study Plans
- Statistics and Corrections
- Exam Mode (including seven graded Linguaskill mock tests)
Preparing for Linguaskill General or Business
Our training exercises are designed to mirror the style of the Linguaskill tests, making our platform a great way to familiarize yourself with the test format in advance.
If you would like to develop your listening skills, for example, you can choose from a selection of exercises that use the same types of questions and materials as you’ll see on exam day.
Whether you’re preparing for the Linguaskill General or Business, GlobalExam is here to help!