Aptis research

What is Aptis?

We have 70 years of experience testing English language around the world. Our experts have developed the Aptis test based on the latest research in English language assessment. 

Aptis can assess your English level in all four language skills – speaking, writing, reading and listening. It also incorporates a grammar and vocabulary test. Which skills you will be tested in depends on the organisation which asks you to take the test (e.g. an employer or training provider).

How can I take Aptis?

Information about taking Aptis will be provided by your employer, university or school. You can not register through us directly.

What do my scores mean?

You will receive results based on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). They will indicate your CEFR (A1-C) level for each skill tested. If you take all 4 skills you will receive an overall CEFR level. Along with your CEFR level a scaled score (0-50) showing your aptitude level for each skill level tested. 

Take a look at a sample test report.

The British Council is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in English language testing. We believe that the Aptis test should be accessible to anyone who wants to take it. We also believe that each person should have the opportunity to perform to the best of his or her ability on the Aptis test.

If you have a disability, believe that Aptis is not accessible to you, or believe that the form of the test will not allow you to show your true level of English, please contact your local British Council centre to talk about ways in which the test can be modified for your needs. We can make adjustments such as pen and paper tests, Braille and large font tests, timing, and many others.

Discuss it with us to ensure that we can support you with a test which is both fair to you and maintains the high standards and reliability of Aptis.

How do I prepare for the test?