BULETS

Business Language Testing Service

For companies and individuals who 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
  • Computer-based testing with optional tests of Speaking and Writing.

BULATS was developed and is jointly run by Cambridge ESOL, the Alliance Française (France), Goethe- Institut (Germany) and the Universidad de Salamanca (Spain) in more than 30 countries.

BULATS is a multilingual system, available in English, French, German and Spanish. This enables multinational businesses to establish the same standards for language proficiency across their entire organisation.

The test can be paper-based, or can be taken as a computer-based test (Online or CD-Rom version).

The course is organised into 3 modules:

  • Reading and Listening Module (30 hours)
  • Speaking Module (10 hours)
  • Writing Module (10 hours).

 

The modules are split into 50 lessons with hundreds of interactive practice exercises based on input from written and spoken sources (audio and video) which are commonly used in a work or business situation. Topics covered include Careers and Recruitment, Service Industry, Wholesale and Retail, Company Performance, Communications.

BULATS is a set of language tests specifically for the use of companies, organisations and students who need a reliable way of assessing the language ability of employees or potential employees. BULATS is a multilingual service, offering tests in English, French, German and Spanish.

BULATS provides a range of tests to meet different needs:

Computer-based online test - a fast, accurate test of listening and reading skills online

§  Computer-based CD-ROM test - a fast, accurate test of listening and reading skills via a CD

§  The Standard Test - a paper-based version of the computer test

The Speaking Test - an evaluation of speaking skills in a business context

The Writing Test - an evaluation of writing skills in a business context.

Each test can be used independently of the others, or they can be used in various combinations. This principle of flexibility allows BULATS to customise the service for different situations.

All the tests aim to be relevant to people using the language at work. They cover areas such as descriptions of jobs, companies and products, travel, management and marketing, customer service, planning, reports, phone messages, business correspondence and presentations. The tasks in the test are generally practical ones, e.g. taking a phone message, checking a letter, giving a presentation, understanding an article, writing a report.

Results

BULATS results are presented in a clear, easy-to-understand report which can be produced for individuals or groups depending on your requirements. A candidate’s score is based on a scale of 1 to 100 which can be mapped to Cambridge ESOL qualifications and internationally recognized frameworks.

BULATS Can Do Statements

Council of Europe level

BULATS score

Can Dos

C2

90-100

Fully operational command of the language e.g. can argue a case confidently, justifying and making points persuasively.

C1

75-89

Good operational command of the language, e.g. can participate effectively in discussions and meetings.

B2

60-74

Generally effective command of a language, e.g. can make a contribution to meetings but unlikely to follow complex arguments.

B1

40-59

Limited but effective command of a language e.g. can participate in familiar topics and exchange simple factual information.

A2

20-39

Very limited command of a language in familiar situations e.g. can understand and pass on simple messages.

A1

0-19

Very limited command of a language e.g. may know some phrases but cannot communicate well.

 

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