Business English Tests Quick Scan

Looking for the right Business English test for yourself or for your company?

There are so many English and business English testing options! But don’t worry, we’ve taken the time to compare and give you a brief overview of a few of our favorites. Use this business English test quick scan to get a test overview. Questions? Call +31 20 823 0569. 

1. Free English Center online tests. Take them now!

Are you curious about your business English level? Take these tests now and get instant results and English course advice. You can share these tests with colleagues, too.

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2. ECTSE© English Center Test of Spoken English

Location? Online at your home or office.
Modular? This test has one module.
What skills? Listening comprehension and speaking: conversational fluency, accent, diplomacy etc.

The ECTSE English Center Test of Spoken Center is a unique telephone based test that provides individuals and companies with an inexpensive, quick and accurate evaluation of spoken English. The test, conducted by an English Center trainer who specializes in spoken English, takes just about ten minutes to complete.

Reporting includes descriptive commentary and CEFR indexed scoring. Reports with CEFR rubric follow within 5 business days. This English Center test evaluates–

• listening and comprehension
• pronunciation and understandability
• fluency (flow)
• accuracy
• spoken vocabulary
• sentence structure and grammar
• ease of delivery

Read more about The English Center Test of Spoken English

3. 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. 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
Location? Online
Modular? This test has one module covering “use of English” and listening.
What skills? Reading/use of English and listening.
Adaptive? Yes, the test gets easier or harder based on your answers.

Read more about the Oxford English test

4. The English Center Pro: A complete English profile with reporting on all language skills

The English Center Complete English Profile tests

• Reading
• Listening
• Grammar and use of English
• Speaking
• Writing

The test components include–

• Oxford Online Placement Test (online)
• The English Center Test of Spoken English (via Zoom)
• The English Center Writing Test (via Zoom)

Note: For proper test proctoring (test supervision) the 3 test modules can be conducted by English Center trainers during a zoom interview for proper supervision.

Reporting includes descriptive commentary and CEFR indexed scoring. Reports with CEFR rubric follow within 5 business days. This profile provides insight about–

• reading comprehension
• attention to instructions
• grammar and punctuation accuracy
• organization and readability
• vocabulary
• sentence structure
• use of register
• pronunciation
• spoken fluency

Read more about the English Center Complete English Profile.

5. 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
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.

6. 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
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.

7. 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.

8. English Center Test of Writing

The English Center Test of Written English© provides individuals and companies with an inexpensive, quick and accurate evaluation of written English. The test, conducted by an English Center trainer takes about 20 minutes to complete.

This test is conducted during a zoom interview for proper supervision.

Reporting includes descriptive commentary and CEFR indexed scoring. Reports with CEFR rubric follow within 5 business days. This English Center test evaluates–

• reading comprehension
• attention to instructions
• grammar and punctuation accuracy
• organization and readability
• vocabulary
• sentence structure
• use of register

9. Test Prep Courses

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.

Business English Tests and Intakes

Are you in HR or a manager/owner? Please see our in-company training page.

Would you like a free, no-obligation English Center intake? Online, of course! Combine the intake with our free tests and begin improving your English right away!

Reference: Common European Frame of Reference

Contributors: Isabelle Tomlow and Brenda de Jong-Pauley

Updated 2-2021

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