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Berlitz Test of Writing Skills

The Berlitz Test of Writing Skills (BTWS), which assesses second language writing, has been developed through the collaborative efforts of Berlitz International, Inc. and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The test is designed to assess business and professional use of target-language writing in a workplace setting. This test is intended to be used by organizations, international corporations and government agencies throughout the world in their recruitment, staff training and development, and benchmarking processes.

The 60-minute test of writing skills includes practical tasks such as writing e-mails, memos and reports. They are rated according to the following:

Task Fulfillment: This is intended to assess an examinee’s “understanding of given input for each task and ability to perform task requirements accordingly”.

Idea Organization: This is intended to assess the ability to organize target language writing with the use of rhetorical structures, cohesive devices and transition words. It also assesses the ability to develop ideas with supporting details and examples.

Format Paper-based
Languages Arabic, Dutch, English, Farsi, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Tagalog, Turkish (other languages may be available at an additional cost)
Uses Assess an examinees’ grammatical, syntactic, morphological and and lexical knowledge, as well as understanding of writing conventions in the target language.
Skills Tested Business writing in a foreign language
Length 60 minutes
Test Results The test is scored by a Berlitz Rater and results are e-mailed within 24 hours; results are given on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)