BULATS (A1 to C2)

Business Language Testing Service

BULAT (Business Language Testing Service) is a Cambridge English qualification designed to help candidates improve their spoken English in a business environment. It is recognized by The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) in the United Kingdom.

The speaking section of the exam is taken individually, not with a partner and takes up to 15 minutes to complete. There are two speaking tests: an online test and a face to face test. Some of the topics focuses on and displayed on the Cambridge website are buying and selling, business travel and training and development among others. There are some differences between the online speaking test and the face to face speaking test.

Online Speaking Test

Part 1

Candidate is asked eight questions in total relating to work, studies and background.

Focus: Ability to answer questions on personal experience and work.

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Part 2

Candidate is required to read 8 sentences aloud.

Focus: This part tests your pronunciation and intonation.

Duration: 40 seconds preparation.

Part 3

The candidate is required to give a presentation on a business related theme.

Focus:
  1. Ability to present on a topic.
  2. Organize a short speech with linkers and conjunctions, etc...

Duration: 40 seconds preparation / 1 minute delivery.

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Scenari

Part 4

The candidate is given a graph (e.g. a pie chart) and must talk for 1 minute about it. The graph will be on a business topic.

Focus:
  1. Interpretation skills.
  2. Ability to speak uninterrupted.

Duration: 1 minute preparation / 1 minute delivery.

Part 5

The candidate must answer 5 questions on a business scenario.

Focus: Knowledge of business specific vocabulary.

Duration: 40 seconds reading time.

Face to Face Speaking Test

Part 1

The candidate needs to be able to talk about their background, education, job, studies, career plans and personal interests.

Focus: Ability to answer questions on personal experience and work.

Duration: 4 minutes approximately.

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Part 2

In this part the candidate must give a short presentation choosing from three topics. 1 minute is then dedicated to preparation of the topic in which the candidate may make notes. Then they will be required to deliver the presentation for a minute. Finally, they will be asked questions by the examiner.

Duration: 1 minute preparation / 1 minute delivery for presentation / 1 minute questions after your presentation.

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Situazioni

Part 3

Candidate roleplays a situation with the examiner on a business topic. Next, the candidate participates in a discussion with the examiner on a similar topic. The candidate will have 1 minute to read some instructions about the topic.

Duration: 4 minutes approximately.