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THEBULATSEXAMAUDIOSCRIPT
ListentoaninterviewwithMarkCohen,trainingmanagerwithalargebankinggroup,whohasjust
introducedtheBULATSexamaspartofthecorporatetrainingprogrammeinhisorganisation.
Optionalexercise Listentotheinterviewanddecidewhetherthefollowingstatementsaretrueorfalse
1. Accordingtothepresenter,therearentmanyEnglishlanguageexamstodoatthemoment.
2. Accordingtothepresenter,alanguagequalificationcanmakeyourCVlookbetter.
3. MarkCohenscompanythinktrainingisimportant.
4. CohenscompanyonlyusesEnglishasalanguage.
5. Cohenthinksexistinglanguageexamsmeethisneedsperfectly.
6. Cohendoesnotneedtoknowthelanguagelevelofpeopleinhiscompany.
7. Cohenhasotherpeopledesigncoursesspecificallyforhiscompany.
8. UsingBULATSanddesigningspecificcoursesworksoutcheaperforCohenscompany.
9. SendingCohenstraineestotheUKforalanguagecoursewasasuccess.
10. BULATScanbetakenatanytimeoftheyear.
11. BULATSisonlyforEnglish.

Interviewer: FirstCertificate,Advanced,Proficiency,TrinityandIELTSthereisnoshortageofEnglishlanguage
qualificationsonthemarketatthemomentifyouneedacertificatetoimpressanemployerorenrichyourCV.
ButnowtheresyetanotheroneBULATS.MarkCohen,whoistrainingmanagerwithalargeinternational
bankinggroup,hasjustintroducedtheBULATSexamaspartofthecorporatetrainingprogrammeinhis
organisation.So,Mark,twoquestionstokickoffwith,firstwhyanotherexam? Andsecondly,whyBULATS?
MarkCohen:Well,firstofallletmesaythatImluckyinthatIworkforacompanywhoinvestalotintraining
andweseelanguagetrainingasanessentialpartofthat.Wehaveofficesinovertwodozencountries
worldwide,soobviouslyourstaffusealotofdifferentlanguagesnottomentionourexternalclients!Wedoa
lotoflanguagetraining,andtheexamsyoumentionareallfineintheirplace,buttheyrenotreallywhatwere
lookingfor.
Interviewer:Howdoyoumean?
MarkCohen:Alltheydoisshowthatyouhaveachievedacertainlevel.
Interviewer:Andwhatareyoulookingfor?
MarkCohen:WellthisiswhereBULATScomesinwhatweneedtofindoutisnotthelanguagelevelofthe
peoplewhoworkforus,buttheirabilitytospeakthatlanguage.AnditisexactlythisthattheBULATSexam
tests.Itnotonlyevaluatestheirskills,butalsoletsuslookattheirsuitabilityforfurtherlanguagetraining,and
helpsustodecideexactlywhatkindoftrainingisnecessary.
Interviewer:Andyouthendesignlanguagetrainingbaseddirectlyontheirneeds?
MarkCohen:Exactlyweworkwithagroupoflanguagetrainerswhodesignmaterialsandsessionsspecifically
tomeetourcorporateneeds,andalsotheneedsofthepeoplewhotakethecourseshelpingtomaximiseour
resources.
Interviewer:Sofarsogoodbutwhythenecessityfortheexam?Whynotjustdothecoursesstraightaway?
MarkCohen:Well,wevedonelanguagecoursesbeforeandtheyveneverachievedquitewhatwewant.We
evenhadanextensiveprogrammeofsendingtraineestotheUKtodolanguagescourses theyallhadagreat
time,buttobehonesttheresultsdidntreallymeetourcorporateobjectives.
Interviewer:AndBULATShelpsyoutodothis?

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MarkCohen:Yes,Ihavetosayitsprovedprettysuccessfulsofar.WevegiventraineestheBULATSexamat
boththebeginningandattheendofthelanguagecoursestheyvefolloweditallowsustoaccuratelymeasure
theirprogress,andtheefficiencyofthetrainingtheyunderwent.
Interviewer:Howdoyoumanagetofitanexamintobusyworkingschedules?
MarkCohen:BULATShasprovedveryeasytoadministerwecandoitatanytime,unliketheotherexams
whichyoumentioned,whentheycanonlytakethemtwiceayear,whichwouldmeanalotofdelaysnotuseful
inafastmovingbusinesslikeours.
Interviewer:IsitonlyforEnglishlanguagetraining?
MarkCohen:NowedontjustusetheEnglishlanguageversion.AsIsaidbefore,weworkinlotsofdifferent
countries,soourstaffhavetobeabletospeakmorethanjustEnglishtheBULATStestcanalsobedonefor
French,GermanandSpanishallhighlyusefullanguagesinourcorporateenvironment.
Interviewer:Mark,thanksforyourtime.

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Answers: 1F,2T,3T,4F,5F,6T,7T,8T,9F,10T,11F

www.britishcouncil.org/professionals.htm
TheBritishCouncil,2008
TheUnitedKingdomsinternationalorganisationforeducationalopportunitiesandculturalrelations. WeareregisteredinEnglandasacharity.