BULATS for Naturalisation

Practical information for candidates wishing to learn more about the French BULATS test.

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The French BULATS (Business Language Testing Service) test has been selected by the Direction de l'accueil, de l'intégration et de la citoyenneté (DAIC) in France as proof of French language ability at level B1 for naturalisation applications.

The test, which contains a series of reading, listening and speaking tasks, is explained in the downloadable document, BULATS pour la Naturalisation.

To find out how and where to take the test, simply contact one of our authorised centres listed here.

BULATS is administered in the following way:

  1. The Listening and Reading parts of the test take place at the authorised centre’s premises at an agreed date and time. The test is administered using a computer connected to the online test platform. Results can be obtained within five to seven days after the test.
  2. The Speaking test also takes place at the centre’s premises at a specific date, and takes the form of a face-to-face test with a BULATS examiner. Again, the results are usually available within a period of five to seven days.

Official results and certificates will be sent together to each candidate on official BULATS paper and will contain information about their level of competence in the French language in the skills evaluated. In order to be valid and accepted by a naturalisation agency, the two certificates will have to be stamped with the official stamp of Cambridge English Language Assessment. Electronic copies of the certificates are automatically transmitted to the BULATS central office in Paris and can be sent on to naturalisation agencies in France (agents des prefectures) on demand for verification and authentication.

Before the test:

The Guide d’information pour les candidats à la naturalisation en France contains all the information candidates will need on the content of the BULATS test, including a description of the various task types, questions and sections. This document also contains a summary explanation of the Speaking test, how it will be carried out, and the tasks involved.

Candidates are encouraged to prepare for the test in advance. One way of doing this is to practise using the French demonstration test.

On the day of the test:

Before entering the exam room, candidates must show two valid identity documents with recent photographs (passport or residence permit). Driving licenses will not be accepted.

Candidates will also be asked to leave at reception, all devices that can be used to communicate with the outside world, such as a mobile phone, computer tablet, MP3 players, etc. These items can be reclaimed at the end of the test.

During the test:

Instructions before and during the Listening and Reading tests, as well as the Speaking test, will be conducted in French.

If a candidate does not understand certain information or instructions, they can ask for this to be repeated.

Find out more:

If you have any queries on BULATS, please contact our BULATS office in Paris:

01 42 84 90 49

Approved list of centres providing BULATS pour la Naturalisation