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Linguaskill General

Course Code
Study mode
Start Date
To be advised
Next intake(s)
September 2020
1.5 or 3 hours
Course Fee
(1) $630 per test module
(2) $1,200 per "bundled" test covering 3 modules Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening

Closing date for application: 10 working days before the test session.
This webpage contains information about Cambridge Assessment English’s 4-skill English language proficiency test - Linguaskill Test in English. For Chinese version, please visit:

Special on-demand test session can be arranged for corporates and private student.

Due to the prevailing COVID situation, assessment dates are subject to change.

Linguaskill Team
August 2020

Linguaskill – the NEW Cambridge English Language Benchmark Test

The Cambridge Assessment English offers organisations a quick and convenient way of checking the English Language proficiency levels of your employees – the Linguaskill Tests. 

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Cambridge Assessment English and the University of Cambridge

Cambridge Assessment English, part of the University of Cambridge, provides the world's leading range of English language qualifications for higher education institutions, corporates and private individuals.  Linguaskill is one of them.

Globally recognised by more than 20,000 leading universities, employers and governments, this test is a mark of excellence and give learners the skills they need to succeed.


Linguaskill is an online test to help you check your English proficiency levels. It tests all four language skills:  Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening.  The same test is used for all abilities.  There are two streams to suit individual needs.

1    Linguaskill General
Linguaskill Business
Official Cambridge Assessment English Linguaskill Website:

Linguaskill Test & Continuing Education Fund

This is the benchmark test in support of Continuing Education Fund (CEF) reimbursements of English Language course and benchmark test fees.   This replaces the former Business Language Testing Service (BULATS) offered by the University of Cambridge.  For details, visit: ( CEF Language Benchmarks Tests / Examinations / Workplace English Benchmarks and International Tests) OR (持續進修基金語文基準測試 / 考試 / 職業英語基準及國際認可測試).  For CEF-reimbursable courses with BULATS Test stipulated as the benchmark test, many institutes now adopt Linguaskill Test.   

For Continuing Education Fund (CEF) Applicants in Hong Kong

With effect from 17 April 2020, this is benchmark test that CEF applicants should take and pass in support of their CEF claims.  This is an upgraded version of the former Business Language Testing Service (BULATS) Tests with effect from January 2020.  Find out more about benchmark test:
At HKU SPACE, Linguaskill Tests is the benchmark test adopted to support students' CEF claims.  Business and General English students should do this test on their course completion.  Attainment of the stipulated proficiency level will qualify them for CEF reimbursements of both course and test fees paid.  Visit:  OR for more.  

For Individual English Language Learners

Understanding their own English language abilities in different skill sets will help their skill development, study plan, job hunting, immigration, etc.   Holding an internationally benchmarked English qualifications will be a sure advantage.  Linguaskill test results are mapped against the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) (  Apart from HKDSE and IELTS, Linguaskill is an excellent option, which has been recognised by many universities, multinational business organisations and embassies.  

For Corporates

Identifying employees’ English language abilities will help their staff recruitment, ranking, promotion exercise, training and people development.   An internationally recognised English qualification sets benchmarks and eases formulation of English langauge training and people development plan.  Heightened loyalty and boosted staff morale will be the result.  

For Immigrants

Linguaskill Test results demonstrate your English language abilities to live, work and study in a foreign land.  Follow these links for more:

For HKDSEE 2020 Candidates

Due to COVID-19, Speaking Test have been waived from the 2020 Hong Kong Diploma in Secondary Education (HKDSE) Examination.   Candidates will have a gapped result showing their breakdown scores in Reading, Writing and Listening with Integrated Skills.  Taking the Linguaskill Speaking fills the gap.

For University Applicants

Apart from IELTS and TOEFL, Linguaskill is an ideal choice.  Be prepared!  You will not go wrong for doing extra! 

Linguaskill Test Report & Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)

Here is a sample Linguaskill Test Report - a complete account of a test-taker's language ability(ies) mapped against the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) (歐洲共同語言參考標準).

Linguaskill General

Linguaskill General tests English used in daily life, making it suitable for university admission and recruitment for roles in a non-business-specific environment. For example, where the employees need strong English skills to perform their role effectively, but does not need specialist business terminology. The test is suitable for a broad range of organisations. 

Test topics include studying and working, making future plans, travel and technology.

Test Session

Application code

Commencement Day/Time Venue

24 Jul 2020

Friday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm Room 1407, Fortress Tower Learning Centre, North Point, Hong Kong
1845-3455NW 25 Sep 2020 Friday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm To be confirmed


Linguaskill Business

Linguaskill Business tests English used in a business and corporate setting.  Apart from using this as a benchmark test in support of CEF applications for claims, Linguaskill Business is best used for recruitment in organisations where employees are expected to be familiar with the language of business.  It is suitable for large or small organisations, which may be operating on an international level.

Test topics cover the buying and selling of products or services, the office, business travel and human resources.

Test Session

Application code

Commencement Day/Time Venue

28 Aug 2020

Friday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm Room 1407, Fortress Tower Learning Centre, North Point, Hong Kong
1855-2136NW 13 Nov 2020 Friday, 7:00 - 9:00 pm To be confirmed


Modules / Skill sets evaluated in both Linguaskill General / Linguaskill Business Tests are:  

1     Reading and Listening 
2     Speaking 
3     Writing 

The above can be taken as a “bundled” test set with all four skills tested or separately as a skill-specific test.  HKU SPACE and Cambridge APEC will give students/clients further consultations. 

*SPACE General English / English Language Skills CEF Claimants are required to pass the Reading and Listening Test at the stipulated level.

Cambridge Linguaskill Test in Hong Kong

HKU SPACE is an Authorised Linguaskill Agent for Cambridge Assessment English.
HKU SPACE is the first of the universities and affiliates in Hong Kong to run Cambridge’s Linguaskill Tests in Hong Kong with effect from 17 April 2020.  

Linguaskill Ambassador

To register for a Linguaskill Test, contact your Linguaskill Ambassador: 
Tel: 3762 0929

Linguaskill Schedule 

Special test session(s) can be arranged  on demand for corporates and private individuals.  Please call Linguaskill Ambassador for arrangements. 

  • (1) 1.5 hours per test module
    (2) 3 hours per "bundled" test covering 3 modules Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening
Application Fee


Course Fee
  • (1) $630 per test module
    (2) $1,200 per "bundled" test covering 3 modules Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening

    Closing date for application: 10 working days before the test session.
Enrolment Method

Applicants are required to complete the Linguaskill General / Business Online Test Application Form.  To register, simply complete this application form and post it to us.  Upon receipt of your form, we will email our confirmation.  Please make sure that you are able to attend the test session, as the test fee is non-refundable.

Closing date for application: 10 working days before the test session.

Payment Method
Cheque or bank draft

Course fees can be paid by crossed cheque or bank draft made payable to “HKU SPACE”. Please specify the programme title(s) for application and applicant’s name. You may either:

  • bring the completed form(s), together with the appropriate course fees in the form of a cheque, and supporting documents to any of the HKU SPACE enrolment centres.
  • or mail the above documents to English Language Studies at  HKU SPACE, 11/F, Fortress Tower, specifying “Linguaskill Test Application” on the envelope. HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of payment sent by mail.

For enquiries, please contact our staff on 2975 5880 / 2975 5695.

Notes to applicants
  1. For general and short courses, applicants may be required to pay the course fee in cash or by EPS, Visa or MasterCard if the course is to start shortly.
  2. Fees paid are not refundable except under very exceptional circumstances (e.g. course cancellation due to insufficient enrolment), subject to the School’s discretion. In exceptional cases where a refund is approved, fees paid by cash, EPS, cheque or PPS (for online payment only) will normally be reimbursed by a cheque, and fees paid by credit card will normally be reimbursed to the payment cardholder’s credit card account.
  3. In addition to the published fees, there may be additional costs associated with individual programmes. Please refer to the relevant course brochures or direct any enquiries to the relevant programme team for details.
  4. Fees and places on courses cannot be transferred from one applicant to another. Once accepted onto a course, the student may not change to another course without approval from HKU SPACE. A processing fee of HK$120 will be levied on approved transfers.
  5. Receipts will be issued for fees paid but HKU SPACE will not be responsible for any loss of receipt sent by mail.
  6. For additional copies of receipts, please send a stamped, self-addressed envelope with a completed form and a crossed cheque for HK$30 per copy made payable to ‘HKU SPACE’. Such copies will normally be issued at the end of a course.
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