BULATS test format
BULATS’ modular format provides testing of all four language skills:
Reading & Listening
You can use the tests in any combination to meet your specific needs. The tests can be taken on any computer with a good internet connection. You do not need to download or install any special software.
BULATS sample tests:
Technical requirements for BULATS:
BULATS online test has three papers:
|BULATS Reading and Listening: about 60 minutes (7 parts)|
The Reading and Listening module is an adaptive test, so there is not a fixed number of questions. Each question the candidate answers helps the computer to understand their level better. The test finishes when the candidate has answered enough questions to identify their level accurately.
|Number of parts:||7|
|Number of questions:||Varies|
|Length of texts:||Candidates read texts of about 250 words in length|
|BULATS Speaking: about 15 minutes (5 parts)|
The Speaking test is taken on a computer, using a headphones and a microphone. Answers are recorded and sent to examiners for marking.
|Format:||Single candidate records answers|
|Example topics:||buying and selling environment, entertainment of business clients, business travel, human resources, training and development.|
|Part 1 (Interview):||Eight questions about the candidate and his/her background/work/future plans, etc. (e.g. What is your job?)|
|Part 2 (Reading Aloud)||Eight sentences to read aloud.
|Part 3 (Presentation):||A business or work-related topic (e.g. the perfect office) is given for the candidate to talk about for one minute. The candidate has 40 seconds to prepare.|
(Presentation with Graphic):||The candidate is given one or more graphics (e.g. pie charts, line graphs) with a business focus (e.g. company exports) to talk about for one minute. The candidate has 1 minute to prepare.
|Part 5 (Communication Activity):||The candidate gives his/her answer to five questions related to one scenario (e.g. planning a conference). The candidate has 40 seconds to prepare.|
|BULATS Writing: 45 minutes (2 parts)|
In the Writing test, candidates have to write answers using a computer keyboard. Answers are recorded and sent to examiners for marking.
|Example topics:||buying and selling products and services, the office and general business environment,
entertainment of business clients, business travel, human resources, training and development.
|Part 1 (email):||The candidate types a short email of 50–60 words.|
|Marks in part 1:||One-third of the final Writing mark.|
(Long Text):||The candidate types a report or a letter of 180–200 words following instructions.
|Questions:||One of a choice of two tasks must be chosen.|
|Marks in part 2:||Two-thirds of the final Writing mark.|
BULATS results are normally issued within 5 working days for the Reading and Listening module and 7 working days for the Speaking and Writing modules. Candidates receive their result on a computer generated Test Report Form.Meaningful results
There is no ‘pass’ or ‘fail’ mark for BULATS tests. Scores are reported on a scale of 1 to 100 – you can decide on the level of ability appropriate to your organisation’s requirements.
All BULATS tests are aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)
– the international benchmark for describing language ability. This ensures that candidates’ results can be compared with international standards.
Easy-to-understand report format
|90 - 100||Upper advanced||C2|
|75 - 89||Advanced||C1|
|60 - 74||Upper intermediate||B2|
|40 - 59||Intermediate||B1|
|20 - 39||Elementary||A2|
|0 - 19||Beginner||A1|
BULATS results are presented in a clear and easy-to-understand Test Report Form. You can produce reports for individuals or groups, depending on your needs. You can also produce a breakdown of scores by group and level, allowing easy comparison of language ability across your whole organisation.Can Do statements
|BULATS results provide a description of what the candidate can do at their specific language level in each skill (reading, writing, listening and speaking). |
These functional/situational statements are aligned to the CEFR. For example, in the Reading and Listening test, a candidate receiving a CEFR level of B2 can be expected to:
- understand most reports and non-routine letters, with some dictionary help
- give a clear, systematically developed presentation, with highlighting of significant points, and relevant supporting detail
- write clear, detailed texts on a variety of subjects related to his/her field of interest
- keep up with an animated conversation between native speakers.