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Aptis is an innovative multilevel English language test from the British Council. 

Aptis has been developed by British Council experts in the field of linguistic evaluation and is informed by current research findings in applied linguistics.

Aptis is an English test for adults (16+) designed to assess ability in all four English skills - speaking, listening, reading and writing (combined with the grammar and vocabulary component) for levels A1-A2-B1-B2-C and results are received within 72 hours. There are several versions of Aptis and depending on your needs you should be taking Aptis General (described below), Aptis for Teachers or Aptis Advanced.

Developed by testing experts and based on the latest research in assessment, Aptis is the smarter way to evaluate English reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Please download the FAQ's document for further details.

If you have any questions for our Aptis team, we will be happy to help. Please send an email to your exam centre.

What does it test?

Aptis allows you to evaluate all of the language skills.

The test consists of a core component (grammar and vocabulary), which is combined with Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.

TEST COMPONENTS LENGTH (Aptis General) SCORING (Aptis General) TASKS (Aptis General)
Grammar and Vocabulary 25 minutes 0-50 50 questions (25 + 25)
Speaking 12 minutes CEFR: A1-C / 0-50 4 parts
Writing 50 minutes CEFR: A1-C / 0-50 4 parts
Listening 40 minutes CEFR: A1-C / 0-50 25 questions
Reading 35 minutes CEFR: A1-C / 0-50 4 parts

Aptis scoring

Candidate performance in each skill is mapped to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). 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 and a CEFR (MERC) GLOBAL MARK. This will make up the candidate’s profile of language proficiency. View the example of the results report you will receive from Aptis:

Check the document where we explain how the Aptis scoring system works.

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

Which institutions recognise Aptis?

Please check directly with each recognising institution listed below to confirm the current status of Aptis as a recognised qualification.

Comunidad Aut. Castilla-La Mancha

Comunidad Aut. Illes Canarias

Comunidad Aut. de La Rioja

  • Gobierno de La Rioja - Consejería de Educación, Formación y Empleo. Centro de Innovación y Formación Educativa (se exige que el nivel requerido se refleja en todas las destrezas)

Comunidad Aut. de Navarra