BULATS (Business Language Testing Service) is an assessment service for companies, developed and delivered by Cambridge English Language Assessment in collaboration with Alliance Française, Goethe-Institut and Universidad de Salamanca.
BULATS assesses workplace language skills in English and three other languages. BULATS helps organisations establish what levels of language ability are needed for different jobs and the BULATS Preparation Courses support learners with their study and test preparation. The BULATS tests assess all four skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) in a business context and scores are reported at the appropriate CEFR level.
BULATS tests are now carried out online. It assesses English language skills for business, industry and commerce. It helps you develop a workforce that is confident communicating in international business environments. BULATS is used internationally for business and industry recruitment, for identifying and delivering training, for admission to study business-related courses and for assessing the effectiveness of language courses and training.
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It assesses listening and reading skills, and knowledge of grammar and vocabulary. It lasts about one hour. The test questions and instructions are in the same language as the test. It is divided into two sections – Listening; Reading and Language Knowledge. As you progress through the test, the computer selects and presents each question on the basis of the previous answer. The result is available at the end of the test.
This part assesses speaking in a business context. It lasts about 15 minutes. The questions are presented on the computer screen. Topics include Buying and selling, products and services, entertaining clients, business travel and training etc. The test has five parts: Interview, Reading aloud, Presentation, Talking about graphic and Communication. The responses are recorded and assessed online.
This part assesses writing skills. It lasts 45 minutes. The tasks are presented on a computer screen. Topics include Buying and selling, the office, human resources and marketing etc. The test has two parts: Writing a short email/letter/message of 50–60 words. This contributes one-third of the final mark. The second task involves writing a report or a letter of 180–200 words. There is a choice of tasks for this part.