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What is the Linguaskill General?

Linguaskill, formerly known as BULATS (BUsiness LAnguage Testing Services), was created in 1996 and is an English test administered by the University of Cambridge. Linguaskill takes place entirely on a computer. Linguaskill General is the version of the test designed to assess an individual’s general English skills. This exam measures listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. There is also a Business version of Linguaskill, which is adapted to the business world.

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Linguaskill General

Total duration: 2h to 2h20

Evaluates your listening, reading, speaking and writing skills

Certification valid for 2 years

Scored out of 180 points

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Linguaskill General: don't forget!

Each of the 3 Linguaskill sections assesses specific skills in the English language and leads to a score. This score corresponds to a precise estimate of the general level of business English for each category of written and oral comprehension, written expression and oral expression. After passing your Linguaskill, you are given an overall score but you also get the details of the scores for each section. The overall score corresponds to the average of the scores for each activity.

The score in the Reading & Listening section is obtained right after the last question. The Linguaskill Writing score is obtained 12 hours after passing the test and the Speaking score within 48 hours.

The final Linguaskill score is between 1 and 100 and corresponds to the 6 levels established by the CEFR.

The Linguaskill score (ex Bulats) is based on the levels of the European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), the internationally recognized assessment scale for language skills. Therefore, it is easy to instantly interpret one’s level according to the overall score which has been obtained :

  • A score between 1 and 19 corresponds to a beginner level (A1)
  • A score between 20 and 39 corresponds to an elementary level (A2)
  • A score between 40 and 59 corresponds to an intermediate level (B1)
  • A score between 60 and 74 corresponds to an advanced intermediate level (B2)
  • A score between 75 and 89 corresponds to an advanced level (C1)
  • A score between 90 and 100 corresponds to a higher advanced level (C2)

The correspondence CEFR standard also appears on the Linguaskill certificate of results. With regard to the oral and written expression tests, the CECRL assessment is more detailed: in addition to the level (from A1 to C2), a mention “+” or “-” is also assigned, making it possible to more precisely visualize the skills of the candidate.