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The “BULATS” test is developed by Cambridge ESOL (English Skills for Life) and the other three ALTE (The Association of Language Testers in Europe) members:  Alliance FrançaiseGoethe-Institut, and Universidad de Salamanca, to ensure the standard of the proposition and the evaluation.

 

 

The test is available in four languages: English, French, German, and Spanish. Each test consists of four sections: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. It comes in two formats: paper-based and computer-based. Paper-based tests were first introduced in 1997; speaking and writing tests started in 1998; and computer-based tests were first implemented in 2000.

 

 

BULATS is designed to assess learners’ communication skills in real-life situations, with a special focus on working and business contexts. To serve as an effective assessment to evaluate learners’ language proficiency, the test includes both multiple-choice and open-end items. The computer-based tests are individualized adaptive exams, which take 60-75 minutes. Scores are shown on the screen by the end of the session, and participants receive an official transcript immediately.

 

 

BULATS is aligned with international standards and accepted globally. It is a highly trusted accreditation among universities and enterprises all over the world. The tests are suitable for employees and students. In Taiwan, BULATS is employed as a language assessment in government ministries and institutes, such as Ministry of the Interior, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Transportation and Communications, Executive Yuan, every County and City government, Police Departments and over one hundred public and private institutes.

 

 

BULATS tests are aligned with CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) framework and the language proficiency benchmark established by ALTE. The scores range from 0 to 100. The learners’ proficiency is categorized in one of the five levels based the scores obtained. Each level provides a clear index explaining learners’ communication skills and what kind of job they are able to execute in a foreign language.

 

 

To help students reach the department’s language requirements for graduation, “BULATS” has been opted as one of the language assessments. The graduation language test threshold for 2-year college is B2, and B1 for 4-year college and 5-year junior college (including Spanish minors).

 

 

ALTE Levels
Council of Europe (CEFR) levels
BULATS Scores
DELE
Level Description
Level 5
C2
90 – 100
C2
Upper advanced
Level 4
C1
75 – 89
C1
Advanced
Level 3
B2
60 – 74
B2
Upper-intermediate
Level 2
B1
40 – 59
B1
Intermediate
Level 1
A2
20 – 39
A2
Elementary
Level 0
A1
10 – 19
A1
Beginner