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Business English Testing in ESL

October 27, 2005

I think it is important to keep up-to-date with new testing opportunities as students increasingly need to have their learning verifiied by external sources.

Hello again.

Although exams are not always an appropriate option for business English students, there are occasions when it is advantageous to your school to offer external testing. In the workplace employees are increasingly required to give proof of their competencies and students’ sponsors, usually their employer, may well require some objective measure of level of attainment: an external exam can provide this.

For many schools short, intensive business English training is the most popular type of course, making traditional exams, with their set dates, difficult to offer. The new Business Language Testing Service (BULATS), however, offers the flexibility of administration required. It is designed to test the language of employees who need to use a foreign language in their work, and for students and employees on language courses. It offers test administration to suit the client company's own requirements, including a computer-based method, and promises rapid turn around of test results.

BULATS is a collaborative venture between the UK’s University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations and three European language institutes: the Alliance Française, the Goethe-Institut and the Universidad de Salamanca. It can be used for a range of testing needs: to evaluate the language skills of staff within a company; for assessing the language skills of job applicants; for placement on a course at the right level; for screening candidates to see how suitable they are for language training; for evaluating the training given. See the website for full information and to download a sample test: http://www.bulats.org/.

Until we meet again,


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  1. Mina Says:

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