The City School is an English speaking school system and all instruction is in English in every school.

To hire the highest quality teachers, our teacher recruitment process requires an English Language Proficiency Test. For this purpose, we require all of our teachers to take Linguaskill by Cambridge Assessment. These on-line tests examine English speaking, listening, reading and writing proficiency. You can prepare for these tests using the links below, which we highly recommend.

How to prepare for Linguaskill

Linguaskill Candidate Guide

Test Structure

Reading and Listening

Length: About 60–85 minutes
Number of questions: Variable

Types of questions – Reading tasks:

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.

Types of questions – Listening tasks:

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.

Link for Linguaskill General Reading and Listening sample test: https://www.metritests.com/metricatestdelivery/Assessment/Assignment?test=LSKLDEMO02

Link for Linguaskill General Reading and Listening Intermediate Practice test:

https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/prd-swp-le/linguaskill/b1-b2-practice-questions/story_html5.html?lms=1

Link for Linguaskill General Reading and Listening Advanced Practice test:

https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/prd-swp-le/linguaskill/c1-c2-practice-questions/story_html5.html?lms=1

Link for Linguaskill Business Reading and Listening sample test:

https://www.metritests.com/metricatestdelivery/Assessment/Assignment?test=LinguaskillBusinessDemo

Link for Linguaskill Business Reading and Listening Elementary Practice test:

https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/prd-swp-le/linguaskill/practice-tests-2018/A+level+Test+-+Reading+and+Listening/story_html5.html

 Link for Linguaskill Business Reading and Listening Intermediate Practice test:

https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/prd-swp-le/linguaskill/practice-tests-2018/B+level+Test+-+Reading+and+Listening/story_html5.html

Link for Linguaskill Business Reading and Listening Advanced Practice test:

https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/prd-swp-le/linguaskill/practice-tests-2018/C+level+Test+-+Reading+and+Listening+V2/story_html5.html

Writing

Length: 45 minutes (2 Parts)

Part 1 (Email)
The candidate will be asked to write a minimum of 50 words.

Marks in Part 1: One half of the final Writing result.

Part 2 (Long Text)
The candidate will be asked to write a minimum of 180 words.

Marks in Part 2: One half of the final Writing result.

Types of questions:

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.

Speaking

Length: 15 minutes (5 parts)

There are five parts to the Speaking module.

Part 1 (Interview)
The candidate answers eight questions about themselves (the first two questions are not marked).

Questions: 8

Marks in Part 1: 20% of the marks.

Part 2 (Reading Aloud)
The candidate reads eight sentences aloud.

Questions: 8

Marks in Part 2: 20% of the marks.

Part 3 (Long Run 1)
The candidate is given a topic to talk about for one minute. 40 seconds are allowed for preparation.

Questions: 1

Marks in Part 3: 20% of the marks.

Part 4 (Long Run 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.

Questions: 1

Marks in Part 3: 20% of the marks.

Part 5 (Communication Activity)
The candidate gives opinions in the form of short responses to five questions related to one topic. One minute is allowed for preparation.

Questions: 5

Marks in Part 3: 20% of the marks.