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Linguaskill - Technical and Hardware Requirements


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The minimum technical requirements that each computer must have to be able to run a Linguaskill test correctly, are shown in the table below:


Minimum requirement


Pentium III 800 MHz or equivalent


512 MB

Free hard drive space

4 GB

Screen Resolution

1280 x 1024

Operating System

Windows 7 or later.   Apple OSX

Internet bandwidth

1 Mbps

Web browser

Internet Explorer 11 or later

Adobe Reader

Latest version (must be able to read PDFs).

Adobe Flash Player

Version 26 or later

Sound Card



Over-ear and closed back – the earpieces of the headphones should cover the entire ear, preferably with good padding for comfort.


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.


Note: The Cambridge English Test portal and any tests run through it are not currently supported on iOS or Android devices.

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.


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