Business English Tests: Amsterdam & Randstad

Looking for the right Business English test for your company? There are so many testing options that it can be rather confusing. But don’t worry, we’ve taken the time to compare and give you a brief overview of a few of our favorites. 

From the point of view of managers, business owners and HR departments, the best business ESL tests are:

  • Reliable.
  • In-company/onsite.
  • Online for digital reporting.
  • Complete; meaning that all 4 skills are tested–reading, listening, speaking and writing.

In addition to testing, companies often want a preparation course. This “teach and test” approach provides motivation and support with clear performance profiles and lasting results with real benefits for your company. Here are a few of the tests we looked at:

New Cambridge Business English Test: The Linguaskill test has replaced the BULATS.

Cambridge is, of course, the most recognized name in the European ESL (English as a Second Language) testing market. We are very enthusiastic about the new Linguaskill test for business clients. Linguaskill is a quick and convenient online test to help organizations check the English levels of individuals and groups of candidates. The Cambridge Linguaskill test evaluates all four language skills: speaking, writing, reading and listening.

The test provides accurate results within 48 hours, and can be easily administered and invigilated (supervised) at your own venue at a time that suits you. Results are aligned to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR), the international standard for describing language ability.

Linguaskill – Details
Cost? Ask us.
Location? Your office.
Modular? Yes, choose 1, 2 or 3 modules.
All four skills? Yes
Adaptive? Yes, the test gets easier or harder based on your answers.
Online? Yes, 100% online.

ETS Educational Testing Systems
TOEIC® Test of English for International Communication

The TOEIC  has a 40 year international history of assessing English-language proficiency in the workplace. It is an industry leader and is used by 14,000+ organizations in more than 160 countries. The parent company, ETS, is the world’s largest testing organization and is the top brand in the USA; well known for its SAT and GRE tests.

The TOEIC® offers a complete, accurate picture of proficiency in all four language skills. And with scores mapped to Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages, the comprehensive and comparable data received helps companies make better-informed decisions.

The TOEIC® promises to help companies hire, train and promote the most proficient candidates to build a stronger team, and to cultivate stronger talent for the international marketplace.

Testing sessions are arranged through local ETS Preferred Network (EPN) members, such as The English Center.

TOEIC® – Details
Cost? Ask us.
Location? Official test centers, such as Amsterdam World Trade Center + many locations worldwide.
Modular? Yes, choose 1,2 or 3 modules.
All four skills? Yes.
Adaptive? Yes, the test gets easier or harder based on your answers.
Online? Paper & pencil and online.

Oxford University Press Oxford Online Placement Test

While this test is not designed exclusively for Business English Communication evaluation, it is a very convenient, reliable and well-priced test. The shortcoming is that it does not test speaking and writing. But we like this test a lot. It can be done by anyone, anywhere.

The Oxford Online Placement Test helps place test takers in an appropriate level language course and is used as a quick measure of a test taker’s general language ability. Corporate training companies use this test to decide what level of training employees need, and human resources departments use it to check the English level of employees. It is also used by schools and universities.

Oxford Online Placement Test – Details
Cost? Very well priced. Ask us.
Location? At your home or office.
Modular? This test has one module covering “use of English” and listening.
All four skills? No, just 2. Reading/use of English and listening.
Adaptive? Yes, the test gets easier or harder based on your answers.
Online? 100% online.

Cambridge Business English Qualification Exams

This exam suite includes the B1 Business Preliminary, the B2 Business Vantage and the C1 Business Higher. These leveled exams are internationally accepted and provide a top-notch lifetime certificate. An exam prep course is strongly recommended. The exams take place at an approved test center. These are highly respected tests, but these exams do not deliver convenience for busy people and companies.

Test Prep

Many companies want a preparation course to precede the test. This approach provides motivation, support and a better track to success with clear performance results. Contact us to discuss testing and test prep training for your company.

Free English Tests

There are many free ESL tests and practice tests available online. The English Center offers several free general tests, including our popular level test and a self assessment for spoken English ability. And we have a unique test of business idioms. The idiom test is quite challenging, even for advanced speakers. Please note that these free tests are just a starting point, and do not take the place of the other tests in this article.

Reference: Common European Frame of Reference

Contributors: Isabelle Tomlow and Brenda de Jong-Pauley

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