The British Council organises Business Language Testing Service (BULATS) on behalf of Cambridge English Language Assessment.

The Business Language Testing Service (BULATS) is a non-certificated examination widely used by employers for recruitment purposes. It is a quick and flexible way of assessing your Business English level.

BULATS is recognised for the purpose of the Continuing Education Fund (CEF). 

Everything you need to know about BULATS

What is BULATS?

The Business Language Testing Service (BULATS) is an on-demand testing service that provides an immediate ‘snapshot’ of language ability.

The service provides:

  • a range of standardised tests of language ability in listening, reading, grammar, vocabulary, writing and speaking
  • parallel tests for English, French, German and Spanish
  • a flexible service – tests are administered when companies need them, with quick and meaningful results
  • professional support on the use and interpretation of the tests
  • advice on appropriate strategies for language testing, assessing language needs (language auditing) and training.

Who is BULATS for?

BULATS is designed for organisations that need a reliable way of assessing the language ability of groups of employees or trainees who need to use a foreign language in their work.

How can BULATS help you?

BULATS is useful in many contexts. The following are just a few examples:

  • evaluating the language level of staff within a company
  • evaluating language training
  • recommending suitable standard examinations for learners.

How does BULATS score?

BULATS links directly to ALTE standards because it is produced by key members of ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe).

For the Online Reading & Listening test, scores are given on a standardised scale of 0-100. The test also gives scores for each section of the test. All test results are linked to ‘Can-Do’ statements which describe what candidates at a particular level are typically able to do in the language with particular reference to the workplace.

How to book BULATS?

We do not offer BULATS to external candidates, but the BULATS Online Reading & Listening test is available to students in adult courses at the British Council.

Students can also visit the BULATS website and contact other BULATS agents for test details.

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