What is Aptis?

Aptis is a modern and flexible English assessment system designed to meet the diverse needs of organisations and individuals around the world.

Aptis is a business-to-business product that is used by organisations and institutions to benchmark the English language levels of their employees, potential employees, students or teachers.

Testing English levels from A1-C on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, Aptis is an English test for adults (16+), which can be used to assess ability in all four English skills - speaking, listening, reading and writing.

What does it test?

Aptis is made up of a number of components which are taken in packages rather than individually. You select the core language knowledge component (grammar and vocabulary) and combine it with one or more or more of the skills components for accurate and relevant testing. If you wish to test a mix of skills, different components can be taken together. Targeted testing means more informative results, helping you refine your training or recruitment to be more efficient and cost effective in the future.

Aptis content can also be adapted to suit a specific domain, such as for teaching or travel and tourism, and content can be customised to suit specific cultural contexts and variants of English.

With computer, pen and paper or telephone-based delivery options, you choose when, how and in what way to test, to ensure you get the results you need.

Aptis scoring

Reading and listening components are marked automatically by the online platform, while a live examiner marks the speaking and writing components. An Aptis candidate will receive a score on a numerical scale (0 to 50) for the grammar and vocabulary section, and a score on a numerical scale (0 – 50) and CEFR level (A1 – C) for each skill they take. This will make up the candidate’s profile of language proficiency.

So whether your testing requirement is for recruitment, workforce development or training, Aptis is the forward thinking English testing you’ve been waiting for.

Why choose Aptis?

  • Aptis uses a detailed reporting system, where both a scaled score and a CEFR level are provided for each skill tested.
  • Individual and group reports are provided so you get a clear picture of each test taker’s strengths and weaknesses as well as their ranking within their cohort.
  • A compulsory grammar and vocabulary test is combined with one or more skills tests (reading, writing, speaking and listening), allowing you to test only the skills that are relevant. 
  • Aptis can be taken using a computer, tablet, or pen and paper and results can be provided within 48 hours.
  • All Aptis tests consist of high-quality content put together and reviewed by a dedicated global team for suitability around the world.
  • Free practice materials and test guides are available for candidates. 
  • The test is simple to administer and technical support is provided.
  • The British Council is strongly committed to the highest standards of equality, diversity and inclusion in testing, so extra time can be allocated for candidates in specially prepared computer-based versions when this is required. A braille version of the core and reading test is available.

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