BULATS

Centre for Professional and Business English

Business Language Testing Service (BULATS)

What is BULATS?

For companies that need a rapid, accurate means of assessing language skills for recruitment, training, benchmarking and staff development, BULATS offers:

  • fast, economical assessment
  • results linked to internationally trusted standards BULATS has been internationally recognised since it was first launched. It is jointly run by Cambridge ESOL, the Alliance Française (France), Goethe- Institut (Germany) and theUniversidad de Salamanca (Spain) in more than 30 countries.

Who is it for?

A BULATS test is useful:

for companies because:

  • it helps them to assess the language skills of their staff and decide upon their future training needs.

for individuals because:

  • it will help you to demonstrate your language ability to your employer and potential employers.

What does BULATS test?

  • The BULATS Standard Test assesses (i) reading, (ii) language knowledge and (iii) listening
  • The BULATS Writing Test asks you to complete two writing tasks and assesses range of language, accuracy, appropriateness, organisation, format and task achievement
  • The BULATS Speaking Test asks you to complete three parts and assesses range of language, accuracy, discourse management, interaction and pronunciation
  • The topics and situations used in the tests are similar to those that you would do in the workplace. It is a good idea to download sample papers from the BULATS website: www.bulats.org/ before taking the test. Where and when can I do the BULATS Test? You can come into CPBE to do a BULATS test. Please contact our staff to arrange a convenient time. We can arrange testing in-house for corporate clients with more than ten candidates.

Where and when can I do the BULATS Test?

You can come into CPBE to do a BULATS test. Please contact our staff to arrange a convenient time.

We can arrange testing in-house for corporate clients with more than ten candidates.

When will I receive my test results?

  • You will receive your BULATS Test Report about three weeks after you take the BULATS Standard Test at CPBE.
  • You will receive your result by post.

What will the BULATS Test Report tell me?

The test report gives three scores:

  • a score for each of the three sections (reading, language knowledge and listening)
  • a total score on a scale from 0 to 100
  • a level from 0 to 5.

You will also receive a ‘Can-Do’ statement which describes what a candidate at each level (1 to 5) can do in English. The tasks refer particularly to the workplace, for example. ‘CAN deal with all routine requests for goods or services’.