Featured Research: Reliability of computer-based BULATS put to the test
Cambridge ESOL tests and re-tests the reliability of its exams to ensure that all versions of its exams are consistent and fair. A recent analysis of more than 1,400 takers of computer-based BULATS from around the world showed that there was a high level of reliability in the test.
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Computer-based testing: The same exam — the same Cambridge certificate
Cambridge ESOL exams are increasingly available to be taken as a computer-based test.
Not only has this added more exam dates each year, but candidates can register for the exam as little as a week before taking it — allowing the exam to be taken when candidates are ready for it.
There are a number of other benefits to computer-based testing:
BULATS, which has been available as a computer-based test for some time, will shortly be available as an online test through the internet. Other exams are set to go online in the future.
If you are considering taking a computer-based test, remember:
- The computer-based test is another choice in how you take our exams — it does not replace the paper and pen test. Other than the method of completing them, the exams are exactly the same, and they both lead to the same internationally recognised Cambridge ESOL certificate. Extensive research and trials have been carried out to make sure this is the case.
- The security of computer-based exams is protected by state-of-the-art encryption and an on screen lock-down facility.
Which exams are available as a computer-based test?
Key English Test (KET)
Preliminary English Test (PET)
First Certificate in English (FCE)
Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)
Business English Certificate (BEC), Preliminary level
Business English Certificate (BEC), Vantage level
Business English Certificate (BEC), Higher level
Teaching Knowledge Test
Skills for Life
We are regularly making new developments with online and computer testing, so contact your exam centre to find out what is available in your area.
Further information on computer-based testing
Computer-based Practice Tests
Computer-based testing - a huge expansion of dates (PDF 167Kb)
Guide for centres and schools who want to offer computer-based testing (PDF 107Kb)
Download the full timetable for 2010 (PDF 99Kb)
Download the full timetable for 2011 (PDF 119Kb)