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

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busuu and Pearson GSET

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!

Kirsten is the Head of Education at busuu. She is from the Scottish highlands where she grew up. She studied philosophy at university in Edinburgh and then got a TEFL certificate and went to China to teach English. She has been learning languages online and creating digital learning courses around the world for 17 years and is about to start studying for an MSc in Applied Linguistics for Language Teaching at Oxford University. Outside of work she is a yoga enthusiast and a keen gardener. She also loves spending time with her two border terriers!

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