BULATS results

BULATS test results are presented in a clear and easy-to-understand test report form which can be produced for individuals or groups.

The test report form shows:

  • an overall score
  • a score for each language skill – Reading and Listening, Speaking, and Writing.

Online test results are provided immediately for Online Reading and Listening and can be printed on BULATS test report paper in English, French, German or Spanish.

There is no ‘pass’ mark – BULATS scores are on a scale of 1–100.

The front of the test result form gives the BULATS scores and the level on the Common European Framework or Reference for Languages (CEFR) – the internationally accepted system used for describing language ability.

BULATS scoreLevel descriptionCEFR level
90–100Upper advancedC2
60–74Upper intermediateB2

For Speaking and Writing, candidates are also given +, - or = to show whether they are high, middle, or low within the band.

On the back of the test report form is a summary of Can Do statements aligned with the CEFR levels. These are functional/situational statements that describe what a candidate would be expected to do at a specific CEFR level in the language they are being tested in. For example, in the Reading and Listening test a candidate who receives a CEFR level of B2 is expected to be able to understand most reports and non-routine letters, with dictionary help.


Assessment criteria

Examiners mark the BULATS Online Writing test using assessment scales that are broadly equivalent to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

The global assessment criteria cover task achievement, language resource and text organisation. Examiners award a mark for each part of the test. There are two mark schemes for the BULATS Online Speaking test: one for Part 2 (Reading Aloud) and one for Parts 1, 3, 4 and 5. Each mark scheme consists of global band descriptors broadly equivalent to the levels of the CEFR. Candidates are assessed on task achievement, discourse management, pronunciation, use of grammar and vocabulary and hesitation/extent of response in Parts 1, 3, 4 and 5. For Part 2, overall intelligibility, pronunciation of individual sounds and stress & intonation is assessed. Examiners award a mark for each part of the test. The mark schemes can be viewed using the links below.