Writing

The BULATS Writing test assesses writing skills and knowledge of grammar and vocabulary.
It is divided into two parts:

  • Part 1– four units covering Part 1 of the test
  • Part 2 – four units covering Part 2 of the test.
Writing unit structure
Part 1 Part 2
Overview: Gives a brief outline of what the unit covers. Overview: Gives a brief outline of what the unit covers.
Task analysis: Contains a BULATS task. There are four exercises which focus on reading the task and identifying the main information you need to write the response. Task analysis: Contains a BULATS task. There are three exercises. In the first two exercises you practise reading a task and identifying the main information needed to write your response in the test. The third exercise gives you practice and guidance
on how to find a topic relevant to the task response.
Language focus: Contains five exercises. Four exercises focus on format, register, expressions, functions and other aspects of language. The final exercise is a short error correction task. Language focus: Contains five exercises. All the exercises practise identifying style features, important vocabulary and text structure, useful aspects for writing a task response.
Reply: A series of exercises in which you are asked to reconstruct the task response analysed in Language focus. Task response: Contains exercises to help you recreate a task response step by step.
  BULATS task: Provides a new task, a notepad and a model answer. You practise responding to a BULATS task similar to the one in Part 1 of the BULATS Writing test. The task provided is similar to the task and model you will have already studied in earlier sections of the unit.