Bottom Line Results
BULATS results are presented in an easy-to-understand report which can be produced for individuals or groups.
A candidate’s score is based on a scale of 0 to 100 which can be mapped to Cambridge English Language Assessment's qualifications.
The Six CEFR Levels
BULATS scores are also aligned to internationally recognised frameworks such as the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages), which plays a central role in language and education policy worldwide.
Cambridge English Language Assessment is also a founder member of ALTE (Association of Language Testers in Europe), a group of leading language testing organizations in Europe.
You can watch Cambridge English's great video on the CEFR system below.
The BULATS ‘Can Do’ statement
In order to make examination results easier to understand, ALTE members have developed a series of ‘Can Do’ statements for each of the six language levels.
These bottom line results easily show exactly how an individual can communicate in real world business situations.
A general description follows below. For more detailed information of both general and work-related language abilities, download Vantage's Detailed Can-So Statements at the bottom of this page.
Putting it Altogether The CEFR is an internationally recognised framework, which describes language ability in a scale of levels, which start from A1 for beginners to C2 for those who have mastered a language.
BULATS Computer Test scores—ranging from 0 to 100—correspond to a specific level or band, which are shown in the CEFR Levels table below.
C2 Very Advanced
Fully operational command of the language e.g. can argue a case confidently, justifying and making points persuasively
75 - 89
Good operational command of the language, e.g. can participate effectively in discussions and meetings.
60 - 74
Generally effective command of a language, e.g. can make a contribution to meetings but unlikely to follow complex arguments.
B1 Lower Intermediate
40 - 59
Limited but effective command of a language, e.g. can participate in familiar topics and exchange simple factual information.
20 - 39
Limited command of a language in familiar situations, e.g. can understand and pass on simple messages.
10 - 19
Limited command of a language, e.g. may know some phrases but cannot communicate well.
How Much Study is Needed to Reach Each Level?
Vantage is often asked about the number of study hours required to reach a certain CEFR level. It is not possible to give a simple answer to this. The hours of study needed will vary depending upon several factors, such as the a person's intensity of study, the inclinations and age of the individual, as well as the amount of exposure to English outside of lesson times.
The figures in the table below can be seen as an approximate guideline. The chart assumes the student starts at the absolute beginning level (A1). For example, for a beginner to reach a B2 level, it would take some 500 to 600 hours of learning. If the student studied say 3 times a week for 2 hours each time (6 hours per week), it would take approximately 1.6 to 1.9 years to reach this intermediate level.