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What is in the Computer Test?
The BULATS Computer Test assesses your ability to use the language being tested by presenting questions via a computer. Questions appear on a screen and you answer them by clicking on a particular option or by typing in words or phrases. There are eight types of question and they assess listening, reading and grammar/vocabulary skills.

Reading and Language Knowledge Tasks


(i) Read and Select Candidates are presented with a notice, diagram, label, memo or letter containing a short text. They choose a phrase that most closely matches the meaning of the text. (ii) Extended Reading Candidates read a longer text and answer a series of multiple choice questions based on it. The questions are presented in the same order as the information in the text. (iii) Multiple Choice Gap-ll Candidates choose the best word or phrase to ll gaps in a text. There are four choices for each gap. (iv) Open Gap-ll Candidates complete blanks in a text by typing in the missing word. (v) Gapped Sentences Candidates complete gaps in a sentence by choosing the correct word or phrase. There are four choices for each gap.

Listening Tasks
(i) Listen and Select Candidates listen to a short recording and answer a short multiple choice question. (ii) Listen and Select (Graphic) The same as above, but the choice is between three pictures or images. (iii) Extended Listening Candidates listen to a longer recording and answer a series of multiple choice questions based on it. The questions are presented in the same order as the information is heard. You can hear the listening recordings twice. The Computer Test starts by testing a candidates Reading and Language Knowledge before starting the second section which is the Listening part of the exam. The Computer Test is adaptive. This means that it adapts to your level. If you get questions right, it will give you more difcult ones. If you get questions wrong, it will give you easier ones. N.B. You can change your mind and change an answer you have selected. However, once you move on to the next task, you cant go back to a previous one.

How are the results reported?


The Computer Test produces a report with the candidates overall score (on a scale of 0100) and ALTE and CEF levels, and their score on each section. A test report form can be printed out from the test if the test administrator has selected this option, or a report can be printed from the administrators Supervisor program.

How should you prepare for the Computer Test?


The skills tested in the Computer Test are the same as in the Standard Test, and so you should read the
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advice given in the section on the Standard Test. In addition, you should familiarise yourself with the format of the Computer Test and the way you need to answer questions. A demonstration version of the Computer Test is available on the BULATS website: www.bulats.org. If you do not have access to this, you should ask your language trainer to obtain a Demonstration CD for the BULATS Computer Test, which also contains a demonstration test for you to try out.

What should you do during the Test?


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Relax the test is designed to be easy to use. Some candidates lose marks because they misread instructions in their nervousness. Read the instructions carefully. Do not hurry answer questions carefully. Unlike the Standard Test you cannot review your answers before nishing the test. Some candidates lose marks because they race through the test. However, do not spend too long on a question generally, the rst answer a candidate produces is the best one. Reading tasks do not require you to understand every single word in the text. Keep an eye on the progress indicator which shows how far through the test you are.

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Sample Questions
Below are some sample screens showing questions taken from the Computer Test. It is not possible to produce sample questions for the whole test because it is adaptive, each test is therefore unique. Please visit the website (www.bulats.org) or view our BULATS Demonstration CD for more sample questions.

Extended Reading
Candidates read a longer text and answer a series of multiple choice questions based on it. The questions are presented in the same order as the information in the text.

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Multiple Choice Gap-ll


Candidates choose the best word or phrase to ll gaps in a text. There are four choices for each gap.

Open Gap-ll
Candidates complete blanks in a text by typing in the missing word.

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Gapped sentences
Candidates complete gaps in a sentence by choosing the correct word or phrase. There are four choices for each gap.

Listen and Select


Candidates listen to a short recording and answer a short multiple choice question.

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Listen and Select (Graphic)


The same as above, but the choice is between three pictures or images.

Extended Listening
Candidates listen to a longer recording and answer a series of multiple choice questions based on it. The questions are presented in the same order as the information is heard.

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