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busuu and Pearson partner to bring you the Global Scale of English test (GSET)

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Testing your English language proficiency is one click away!

We are delighted to be partnering with Pearson English to bring you a new online language test, GSET (Global Scale of English Test).

As a launch special, we are offering a free test to all our new 12 Month Premium members, so upgrade today to not miss out! All our existing Premium users will have access to one free GSET test on their dashboard.

The GSET will allow you to test your English proficiency online on busuu. As you take the test at different stages of your learning experience, you will be able to track your progress and see how your English skills improve! This is a brand new test that will revolutionise the way your level of English is measured! busuu is currently the only place where you can take this test so you will be one of the first people in the world to take advantage of it!

We advice you to take the test at multiple stages of your learning journey, and as you progress, at the end of each level part, to see how well you are advancing.

The test will be testing all language aspects: listening, reading, speaking and writing. You will go through different types and varieties of motivating exercises that test you on specific skills. The duration of the test is 35 minutes. All you need to take the test is a good internet connection, a headset and microphone. You will be prompted through every type of exercise for a smooth learning experience.

A score delivered based on a global scale

Minutes after completing the test, you will receive an email informing your that your test has been scored. The test score is based on the Global Scale of English (GSE). The GSE is a standardised, granular scale that measures English language proficiency in a way that is consistent and actionable for learners, teachers, and employers.

Unlike other frameworks, which describe attainment in broad bands, the Global Scale of English identifies what a learner can do at each point on the scale across speaking, listening, reading and writing skills.
For instance, a person who has a speaking ability of 29 can identify and order very common food and drink from a menu or someone who scores a 53 can write a letter of complaint.

You would also be able to download a Pearson-busuu Certificate with both your GSE score and your CEFR (Common European Framework) level.

What are you waiting for?

In an effort to make the GSET accessible wherever you are in the world at an affordable price, we are offering it for free as part of the busuu 12 Months Premium membership but also in separate test packs.

So what are you waiting for?

Take the test today to demonstrate your level of English language proficiency with the GSET!

Learn a language and take more out of life!

Learning a new language takes some time and this is only valid if you take into account the dedication that is needed to do it. We live in a world that is all connected and that is transformed into a global village with more than 7000 languages. Most children have the capacity to learn more than one language easily but that shouldn’t stop anyone from expanding their own language skills and get the rewards from it.

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You already know some of the benefits of learning a language – if you’re a member of  busuu! But are you aware of some of the less obvious reasons to learn a new language?

There are lots of proven benefits to speaking 2 languages (being bilingual) or more (being multilingual). These include cognitive, social and professional advantages.

  • Develop understanding and respect – by speaking another community’s language, you can really get to understand its culture and traditions. This in turn helps you to develop a fresh perspective on the world and respect for other people – and that can only be a good thing;
  • Boost your brain power – learning a language can help your mind to perform better in other areas too, such as improving memory and problem-solving skills;
  • Discover more opportunities – speaking another language can make jobs, placements and other openings in different countries available to you;
  • Learn another language more easily – if you learn how to speak one language, it may be easier to learn another that is related.

Now that you know some of the benefits of learning a new language, do you feel motivated to start learning after reading this post?

With busuu, you can learn up to 11 languages using our award-winning content and by interacting with native speakers. We make it even simpler, faster and more fun to become bilingual or multilingual!

The new busuu content

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We worked very hard and improved our content to make your learning experience even more efficient.

The two most common types of feedback we received from many of you were:

1 –  you want to learn a new language quickly and
2 – you want to keep motivated throughout your language-learning studies

The improvements we made

  • New content – our language experts have created new English and Spanish vocabulary and  grammar units with more explanation, which will be live soon
  • Digestible learning units and activities – It is easier to complete lessons while keeping you more motivated
  • Objective based content - each lesson will help you achieve a specific objective, for example: the lesson ‘How are you?’. By the end of this lesson you will know how to talk about your feeling.

Our new video!

Check out our brand new video to see why busuu is the best place to learn languages online.

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Your opinion makes a difference

Keep sending us your suggestions. They are important for us to continue on improving our product and offer a better language-learning service to you all!

 

Your feedback makes a difference!

We are extremely pleased to see how many dedicated language learners busuu has. Thank you all for your honest and helpful feedback. Your opinion matters to us. Following up on busuu’s new design, we keep thriving to get better and better and provide you with the best language-learning experience.

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Due to popular demand

This is what we brought back:

  • busuutalk ‘friends status’ – see which ones of your friends are online or offline while you’re learning with us.
  • We have made the Corrections page a lot more comprehensible so you can easily find the latest exercises done by your friends as well as all your exercises.
  • PDF’s – the offline learning tool that allows you to review the content you have learned on busuu online.
  • Recording exercises – send an audio correction to other busuu learners and help them improve their pronunciation.

We will continue to improve our product so stay tuned!