Bradford Academic Skills and Language Test (BASALT)
The Bradford Academic Skills and Language Test (BASALT) is for students whose first language is not English and who want to start their degree course without attending a preparatory English programme beforehand. If this is you, you need to provide evidence of your ability in English by taking a test which is recognised by the university. BASALT is one of the tests available to you for this purpose.
When and where can I take the BASALT?
The BASALT is administered by the University of Bradford throughout the year in different locations both in and outside the UK, including the university campus.
If you have been offered a place at the university, a member of the Outreach and Recruitment team will contact you with information about when and where you can take the test.
Reading 1: Detailed reading
1 text of 2-3 pages from a textbook or other source aimed at the general academic reader.
|Questions types are chosen from:
||To test your ability to understand the key ideas and their supporting details in a text of general academic interest.|
Reading 2: Skimming
|20 minutes||1 text of 2-3 pages from a textbook or other source aimed at the general academic reader||
Matching 8-12 paragraph summaries with paragraphs
|To test your ability to read an academic text quickly in order to locate the main topics or sub-topics of the text, and to understand how the topics relate to each other.|
- You are going to read a text about XXXX.
- Read the text quickly and decide which of the paragraph summaries a-X below matches which paragraph 1-XX.
- Each paragraph summary matches only one paragraph, and they are not in the same order as the paragraphs in the text.
- Each answer is worth one point.
- The first question has been done for you as an example
|7||Example: Paragraph summary|
|a) Paragraph summary|
|b) Paragraph summary|
|c) Paragraph summary|
|d) Paragraph summary|
|e) Paragraph summary|
|f) Paragraph summary|
|g) Paragraph summary|
|8-12 minutes||A structured undergraduate-style lecture or talk on a topic of general academic interest||
To identify the main ideas of a lecture.
To identify relevant details from a lecture in the form of statistics or shorter pieces of information
15 minutes compulsory planning time + 50 minutes writing time
Two extended paragraphs of 250-300 words in total.
There is no specific "essay formula" to follow. Instead, the question will require the use of some of the typical language of academic writing: description of problems, solutions, causes, effects, similarities, and differences. You will be asked to develop your ideas fully in two extended paragraphs.
|5-11 minutes depending on the size of the group:
There are 3 sections:
A list of ideas related to the question is provided to help you plan what you will say. Their use is optional. You will have 3 minutes to prepare your ideas.
|UK (including on-campus tests)||Katie Miller
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|China & East Asia||Lei Ding
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|Middle East, North Africa, South East Asia and South Asia||Melissa Seraphin-Thomas and Lisa Denham
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|Sub-Saharan Africa||Sheillah Chimungeni
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