|Technical requirements for running a Linguaskill test|
Linguaskill is an online test and the equipment used to run the test must meet a series of minimum technical requirements. Centres and candidates are responsible for ensuring that their equipment meets these requirements in order for the test to function correctly. We recommend that you run a practice test in advance of your exam day.
|Processor ||Pentium III 800 MHz or equivalent|
|RAM ||512 MB|
|Free hard drive space||4GB|
|Screen resolution||1280 x 1024|
|Operating system||Windows 7 or later|
|Internet bandwidth ||2 Mbps per candidate.|
The minimum bandwidth requirements are for each computer running the test. When running multiple tests concurrently on the same internet connection you should ensure this bandwidth is available to each computer. If less than 2 Mbps is available for each candidate, the test may take longer to run.
|Web browser||Chrome or Firefox|
|Adobe Reader||Latest version (must be able to read PDFs).|
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|Adobe Flash Player||Version 26 or later|
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|Headphones||Over-ear and closed back – the earpieces of the headphones should cover the entire ear, preferably with good padding for comfort.|
|Microphone||A microphone should be attached to the headset, via a ‘boom’ (in other words, on the end of a flexible stalk). The microphone should be noise-cancelling (at a minimum, directional), to increase sound pick-up and to minimise noise pollution on the recordings.
Please do not allow the use of your computers’ built-in microphones, these should be disabled, because they are not of the appropriate type nor of sufficient quality. In addition in Chrome if a candidate mutes their headset mic, Linguaskill will continue recording if there‘s more than one mic enabled on the machine.
|Headphone and microphone connections||There is no preference on plugs (that is, USB or standard stereo) but please note that the use of USB means that appropriate drivers must be installed and confirmed as working before the test day.|