Founded as a Cambridge English Exams centre in 1989 in Winterthur, Swiss Exams has over the years not only developed to the leading Cambridge English Exams centre in the country but also to an organisation which provides exam management services to over 800 schools and organisations in Switzerland.
Linguaskill is a modular online test which assesses all four language skills: reading, listening, writing and speaking. This gives you choice about the skills you want to assess. You can also take the full test assessing each skill in one go.
Linguaskill is available as two options, General and Business. This gives you the ability to choose the sort of language that will be tested, based on your objectives.
Linguaskill 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. For example, where the employee needs strong English skills to perform their role effectively, but will not need corporate-level terminology. 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 language used in a corporate setting. It is most suitable for business-specific courses or for recruitment in organisations where employees would be expected to be familiar with the language of business. Linguaskill can be used by big or small organisations, who 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.
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The Reading and Listening test takes 60–85 minutes, the Writing test 45 minutes and the Speaking test 15 minutes to complete.
Reading and Listening
Adaptive module with no fixed number of questions
Read and select
Candidates read a notice, diagram, label, memo or letter containing a short text and choose the sentence which most likely matches the meaning of the text. There are three possible answers.
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.
Candidates choose the right word or phrase to fill the gaps in a text. There are four choices for each gap.
Candidates read a short text in which there are some missing words (gaps) and write in the missing word in each gap.
Candidates read a longer text and answer a series of multiple-choice questions.
Listen and select
Candidates listen to a short audio recording and answer a multiple-choice question with three options.
Candidates listen to a longer recording and answer a series of multiple-choice questions about it.
Module with 2 parts to answer (both count 50% of the mark)
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.
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).
Module with 5 parts to answer (each count 20% of the mark)
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 4 (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.