Innovation in exams delivery

The British Council has computer based testing (CBT) operations in over 60 countries. An ambitious programme of investment means that the number of countries where we offer these facilities is growing.

We expect to see our delivery of computer based examinations grow to 6 million by 2020 and are well placed to help you deliver the transformation from pen and paper to computer based testing. From initial discussions about choice of platform and model of delivery, to helping you understand and implement the changes required around test day delivery, we can be your partner in ensuring the change to computer based testing is a success. 

We are investing heavily in high quality computer-based testing facilities at our exam centres across the globe.  For smaller sittings of up to 30 candidates, we have well-equipped, tailor-made facilities on our own premises. For larger requirements we use external venues which have been carefully vetted against our quality standards and have shown they can provide reliable technical support.

British Council staff are always responsible for the supervision, invigilation and security of the exams across all our CBT venues. Staff receive in-depth initial training and on-going guidance and support in delivering computer based exams for different awarding bodies.


Heriot-Watt University on working with us

'Edinburgh Business School at Heriot-Watt University launched e-assessment in March 2016 – a gradual transition to e-assessment, alongside the original pen and paper version. The MBA programme can be taken by distance learning or through a learning partner which means there are very few students on campus. This meant that we needed a test centre network which was capable of delivering e-assessment in more than 100 locations worldwide. The British Council already delivers our pen and paper exams in locations where they have a presence and they provided support and advice about how to launch our e-assessment exams successfully and professionally. 

Since March 2016, we have successfully used the British Council test centre network to roll out our e-assessment project. Each centre without exception has managed the process with experience, skill, integrity and to standard. We feel the most important aspect of the relationship between Edinburgh Business School and the British Council is the realistic, open and honest approach to our partnership.'

Martha Gibson, e-Assessment Manager, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University