BULATS exams for business English

Cambridge Language Assessment’s BULATS is a multilingual tool for organisations and students that need a rapid, reliable and cost effective way of assessing the language skills of employees, trainees and job applicants.

BULATS tests communication skills that are needed in real business situations. It enables you to measure your level in all four skills in English – listening, speaking, reading and writing. You receive a score which can be mapped easily on to the Common European Framework (CEFR).

The test for all four skills lasts 3 hours and is taken online at IH London. Results for Reading & Listening are available immediately, while Speaking and Writing are normally available in 5 days. 

How to book your BULATS exam

BULATS exams can be booked on demand one week in advance.

To book your test download and complete the BULATS application form and return email it, together with a photocopy of your current passport or EU ID card, to BULATS@ihlondon.com

Applications forms must be received by us no later than two weeks before the test date.

BULATS exam fee

The BULATS test fee is £150.00.

To pay by credit or debit card please download and complete the BULATS credit card form and return it by email with your application form.

If you would like to pay by cash or cheque please contact us at BULATS@ihlondon.com or call on 020 7611 2462.

Preparing for your exam

A range of practice options are available to help you prepare for your test:

Study book ‘Essential BULATS’ (Cambridge ISBN 9780521618304) may help you prepare for the exam and can be purchased from reputable online stores.

Online test demonstrations are also available for each test module:

Try a sample test here for free!  

Book a Business English course to help you prepare

BULATS exam day

Candidates are required to take the BULATS test in person here at International House London.

On the day of the test you will need to bring your passport with you. 

We cannot accept photocopies on the day of the test.

You must present your original, current passport.  We will not accept photocopies (even if they are certified copies) or letters from the Home Office. You will not be permitted to sit the exam without a valid passport. If your passport is at the Home Office (or if you know it will be at the Home Office at the time of the exam) we recommend waiting until your passport is returned to you before you book your exam.

The test will follow the following format:

  • Listening & Reading – approx. 85 min
  • Writing – approx. 45 minutes
  • Speaking – approx. 15 minutes

Your BULATS results

Reading and Listening online test results are available immediately and will be given to you at the end of your Speaking test.

The certificate (Test Result Form) gives the BULATS scores and the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) and Common European Framework (CEFR) levels.

For further information regarding the BULATS test, certification and accepting organisation please visit the BULATS website.


exam location

International House London
16 Stukeley Street

020 7611 2400